FIRST AMERICAN FINANCIAL CORP. v. EDWARDS

Print this Page
Case Basics
Docket No. 
10-708
Petitioner 
First American Financial Corporation, Successor in Interest to The First American Corporation, et al.
Respondent 
Denise P. Edwards
Decided By 
Advocates
(for the petitioners)
(for the respondent)
(Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, for the United States, as amicus curiae, supporting the respondent)
Term:
Facts of the Case 

Ohio resident Denise Edwards bought title insurance from First American Financial Corp. through a referral from Tower City, the title company that conducted the closing on her home purchase. Edwards later filed a lawsuit against First American Title Insurance Co. and its parent, the First American Corp., under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), alleging that First American improperly paid millions of dollars to individual title companies and in exchange those title companies entered into exclusive referral agreements with First American. Edwards also filed a class action complaint. The district court denied Edwards' motions to certify a nationwide class of customers of First American's captive title agents and a class limited to customers of First American's Tower City subsidiary.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the denials of class certification, holding that the district court had abused its discretion in denying certification of a nationwide class without allowing discovery and had abused its discretion in denying certification of the Tower City class.

Question 

Does Edwards have standing to sue?

Conclusion 
Decision: 0 votes for , 0 vote(s) against
Legal provision: N/A

Unanswered. In a per curiam opinion, the Court dismissed the writ of certiorari as improvidently granted.

Cite this Page
FIRST AMERICAN FINANCIAL CORP. v. EDWARDS. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 21 August 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/2010-2019/2011/2011_10_708>.
FIRST AMERICAN FINANCIAL CORP. v. EDWARDS, The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, http://www.oyez.org/cases/2010-2019/2011/2011_10_708 (last visited August 21, 2014).
"FIRST AMERICAN FINANCIAL CORP. v. EDWARDS," The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, accessed August 21, 2014, http://www.oyez.org/cases/2010-2019/2011/2011_10_708.