Bulletin: NY000672b

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Bulletin: NY000672b

Bulletin Document
Date: September 22, 2022
To: All New York State Agents, Office Counsel, and Managers
RE: UNDERWRITING – Suffolk County, New York

Dear Associates:

The purpose of this Bulletin is to modify Bulletins 672 and 672a issued because of the cyber incident reported by the Suffolk County Clerk’s Office on September 8, 2022.  

While the County continues to respond to the cyber incident, ongoing realities have forced Stewart to further amend its underwriting guidelines for all transactions in Suffolk County, New York.  Stewart intends to take each transaction on a case-by-case basis, Accordingly, all transactions in Suffolk County, New York must be submitted to Stewart underwriting for review and approval.  Please use the Request for Policy Approval form and send to the following email address. HighLiPolicy@stewart.com

Written approval will contain the conditions specifically tailored to each transaction. The conditions may include additional exceptions, requirements, and additional non-traditional searches. It is suggested that your offices immediately notify any proposed insured and their representatives on open files, so that the additional underwriting conditions will not be a surprise. 

If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please call a Stewart Title Insurance Company underwriter.  As a reminder, you a responsible for knowledge and compliance with the information contained in all Bulletins and Special Alerts as posted on Virtual Underwriter (www.vuwriter.com), whether you receive them by electronic distribution or not.

In the event you have any questions regarding the above, please contact Stewart Title Legal Department at 212-922-0050 and speak with any Underwriting Counsel.

Forms: Request for Policy Approval form

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:
Underwriting Manual:
  • None
Exceptions Manual:
  • None
Forms:
  • None