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Rhode Island Passes Law Regulating Title Insurance Companies

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On June 12, Rhode Island enacted H 7709, the "Rhode Island Title Insurers Act," which becomes effective January 1, 2011. Among other things, the law (i) establishes minimum capital and surplus requirements for title insurers, (ii) sets certain asset and reserve requirements, (iii) requires prior written approval for title insurers to deviate from certain business diversification standards, (iv) establishes guidelines for policyholder treatment, (v) prohibits rebates and fee splitting, (vi) establishes rate and form filing procedures, and (vii) establishes penalties for violations of the law.

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