Wednesday, November 26, 2008

news alert on LandAm

On Monday, November 24, 2008, the Nebraska Department of Insurance filed petitions for rehabilitation for Commonwealth and Lawyers Title under the Nebraska Insurance Code. Hearings on the petitions are set for later today.
The Company expects that rehabilitation orders will be entered quickly and that the rehabilitations will function as a temporary administrative step to assist the transition of Lawyers Title's and Commonwealth's businesses to the family of companies owned by Fidelity National Financial, Inc. ("FNF"). Lawyers Title and Commonwealth will continue to operate and serve customers during the completion of the sale. Both underwriters are entirely solvent.
Under the Stock Purchase Agreement, Fidelity and Chicago Title will pay the Company $298 million in total for Commonwealth, Lawyers Title and United. The closing of the transactions under the Stock Purchase Agreement are subject to approvals by the Bankruptcy Court, the Nebraska Department of Insurance, and other state and federal regulatory agencies. The Company intends to work with FNF toward a closing as early as late December 2008 and will request expedited approval from the Bankruptcy Court.

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