Bulletin: WA000018

Date:
August 08, 1990
To:
All Washington Offices
RE:
Tax Sales

Dear Associates:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has set aside a Pierce County tax sale of land owned of record by two people because one did not receive notice of the sale. In Re Sienkiewicz, 900 F.2d 206 (1990).

The purchaser at the sale argued that the sale was effective as to the person who did receive notice and the bankruptcy court agreed with the purchaser. However, the court of appeals reversed and held that the entire sale was void because of the lack of notice to one of the owners.

In this case the challenge to the sale was brought over two years after the sale. Please be careful of insuring titles derived through tax sales.

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
None
Underwriting Manual:
19.00 Tax Titles
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None