On April 29, 2012, DeNittis Osefchen, P.C. obtained preliminay approval of a class action settlement on behalf of approximately 36,000 consumers in New Jersey who brought claims of alleged recording fee overcharging against SURETY TITLE COMPANY LLC, f/k/a SURETY TITLE CORPORATION; GROUP 21 TITLE AGENCY, LLC; SURETY LENDERS SERVICES, LLC; SURETY TITLE AGENCY OF ATLANTIC COUNTY, LLC; SURETY TITLE AGENCY COASTAL REGION, LLC; and SURETY TITLE AGENCY OF HADDONFIELD, LLC. (collectively referred to herein as “Surety’). The class action lawsuit alleged that Surety collected Mortgage and Deed recording fees at New Jersey real estate closings from consumers that were higher than allowed under New Jersey law. Surety 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 Surety 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.
To learn more details about the settlement, you can download the class notice and claim form that are set forth below.