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Volume 25 - Number 13

June 23, 2014

CFPB Slams NJ Title Company Over Alleged RESPA Kickbacks

The CFPB recently ordered a New Jersey company, Stonebridge Title Services Inc., to pay a $30,000 civil penalty to the bureau for allegedly paying illegal kickbacks for referrals. According to the CFPB, Stonebridge paid commissions to more than 20 independent sales representatives who referred title insurance business to Stonebridge. Stonebridge solicited people to provide it with referrals of title insurance business, offering to pay commissions of up to 40 percent of the title insurance premiums Stonebridge itself received, the bureau alleged. ďThese practices violated Section 8 of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, which prohibits kickbacks and payment of unearned fees in the context of residential real estate transactions,Ē the CFPB said. Paying commissions for referrals is allowed under RESPA ...

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