On January 11, 2013 the Superior Court of New Jersey in Camden granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement on behalf of approximately 11,600 consumers in New Jersey who brought claims of alleged recording fee overcharging against North American Title Agency (NATA). The class action lawsuit alleged that NATA collected Mortgage and Deed recording fees at New Jersey real estate closings from consumers that were higher than allowed under New Jersey law. NATA denied the allegations, but was in agreement to resolve the case.
The class settlement establishes a procedure whereby class members can submit a claim form to have their real estate sales documents on file with NATA reviewed by a claims reviewer. Any class member who submits a completed claim form and who are found to have been overcharged will get 100% of the overcharge refunded. Refunds will range between $10 and $150 for persons who submit a claim and are found to have been overcharged.
“As far as we are concerned, this agreement puts these issues to rest and fairly resolves the concerns of the class,” said Plaintiffs’ Attorney Stephen DeNittis. “By settling this case persons will have the ability to be made fully whole”. This settlement applies only to roughly 11,600 persons who attended a real estate closing with NATA between November 16, 2005 and January 11, 2013.
NATA is not the first to settle such claims of alleged recording fee overcharging. In the past year, Shabel & DeNittis has obtained settlements for over 60,000 persons throughout New Jersey against numerous title companies including: Surety Title, Trident Land Title, Integrity Title, Landis Title, Title Company of Jersey and Victorian Title.
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