Class certification reversed in title insurance case

In Ahmad v. Old Republic National Title Insurance, the Court reversed a grant of class certification in a case about title insurance premiums.  No. 11-10695 (Aug. 13, 2012).  The Court relied on Benavides v. Chicago Title, 636 F.3d 699 (5th Cir. 2011), which declined to certify a similar class of title insurance buyers because “[t]he resulting trial would require the factfinder to determine whether each individual qualified for the discount based on the evidence in his or her file.”  Op. at 9.   The Court declined to distinguish Benavides even though a particular discount was mandatory once “the requirements of R-8 [a Texas Insurance Code provision]” were satisfied, because each plaintiff would present unique facts about those requirements.  Id. at 10-11.  Therefore, the class did not meet the commonality requirement of Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(a)(2).

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