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Bushman v. American Title Co. of Washtenaw

United States District Court, E.D. Michigan, Southern Division

April 2, 2015

BRAD J. BUSHMAN, and TAMARA R. STAFFORD, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
AMERICAN TITLE COMPANY OF WASHTENAW, et al., Defendants

For Brad J. Bushman, Tamara R. Stafford, Ryan Walsh, Sarah Walsh, Michael P. Jennings, Toby Jacoboni, Jennifer F. Jennings, Plaintiffs: Randal L. Schmidt, LEAD ATTORNEY, Sempliner and Thomas, Plymouth, MI; Scott M. Hare, LEAD ATTORNEY, Scott Michael Hare, Attorney at Law, Pittsburgh, PA.

For Matthew Reynolds, Lisa Williams-Warren, Janet Graf, Heather Kupets Harris, Daniel Blugerman, Margaret Chamberlain, Jason Frank, Dwight Pearson, Plaintiffs: Randal L. Schmidt, Sempliner and Thomas, Plymouth, MI.

For Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company, North American Title Insurance Company, Defendants: Derek Diaz, Hahn Loeser & Parks,LLP, Cleveland, OH; Joseph E. Richotte, BUTZEL LONG, P.C., Bloomfield Hills, MI; George B. Donnini, Butzel Long, Detroit, MI.

For Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, Defendant: Phillip R. Perdew, Locke Lord LLP, Chicago, IL.

For Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Defendant: Gerard D. Kelly, Kevin M. Fee, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL; LeRoy L. Asher, Jr., Miller, Canfield, (Detroit), Detroit, MI; Michael P. Coakley, Miller, Canfield,, Detroit, MI.

For Michigan, State of, Department of Treasury, Defendants: Nathan A. Gambill, Michigan Department of Attorney General, Lansing, MI.

For Title Source, Inc., WFG National Title Insurance Company, Attorneys Title Agency, LLC, Greco Title Agency, Defendants: Michelle R.E. Donovan, Plunkett & Cooney, Bloomfield Hills, MI.

For American Title Company of Washtenaw, Defendant: Michelle K. J. Taylor, American Title Company of Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, MI.

For Capital Title Insurance Agency, Defendant: Evan A. Burkholder, LeClairRyan, Dearborn, MI.

For Michigan Title Insurance Agency, Defendant: Joseph P. Buttiglieri, Kemp, Klein,, Troy, MI; Kevin J. McGiness, Macuga Liddle & Dubin, P.C., Detroit, MI.

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ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS' JOINT MOTION TO DISMISS (Doc. 74)

HONORABLE GEORGE CARAM STEEH, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

Residential home sellers brought this proposed class action alleging defendants defrauded them and violated the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (" MCPA" ), Mich. Comp. Laws § 445.901 et seq., when they listed real estate transfer taxes on HUD-1 settlement statements that allegedly were not due. Ten defendants remain comprised

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of three title insurance companies and seven title agencies (collectively " defendants" )[1]. Named plaintiffs are two married couples and nine individuals. Now before the court is defendants' joint motion to dismiss the second amended complaint for failure to state a claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). The remaining counts are fraud and violations of the MCPA. Having heard oral argument on the motion, and having ...


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