Bulletin: VA2020001

Date:
January 22, 2020
To:
All Virginia Issuing Offices
RE:
UNDERWRITING - Virginia Inter-Underwriter Indemnity Treaty

Dear Associates:

We are pleased to announce that Stewart Title Guaranty Company has executed an Amendment to the Inter-Underwriter Indemnity Agreement (the “Agreement”) adding the following additional underwriter (the “Additional Party”) to the Agreement:
AmTrust Title.

Pursuant to the Amendment, Stewart Title Guaranty Company and the Additional Party have agreed to be mutually bound by the terms of the Agreement as of November 29, 2019. The Agreement allows agents of participating title underwriters to issue owner's or lender's title policies without exception to certain known prior defects provided a signed owner's (or in limited circumstances a lender's title policy) has been previously issued by a participating underwriter which does not except to the specific title issue, and provided further that the matter is covered under the Agreement.

Please be sure to carefully review the Agreement and prior Underwriting Bulletins VA2015002, issued October 9, 2015, and VA2016001, issued March 24, 2016, which explain the Agreement in detail. Underwriting Bulletins VA2015002 and VA2016001 remain in effect.

If you have any questions relating to this or other bulletins, please contact a Stewart Title Guaranty Company underwriter.

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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:
VA2015002 UNDERWRITING - Inter-Underwriter Indemnification Treaty
 
VA2016001 UNDERWRITING – Inter-Underwriter Indemnity Treaty
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None