With Lawsuit Against Berks County Recorder, Pennsylvania Land Title Association Moves to End Illegal Recording Practices in Berks County
|November 30, 2005|
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Land Title Association (PLTA), whose members provide title insurance protection to homeowners, lenders, sellers and owners of property across the State of Pennsylvania, filed suit on November 29, 2005, in the Court of Common Pleas for Berks County against Ellie Antoine, the Recorder of Deeds for Berks County. The suit charges Ms. Antoine with multiple violations of Pennsylvania law in her oversight of the Recorder's office.
"We filed suit only after explaining to Ms. Antoine our concerns with her office's operations, suggesting solutions and giving her opportunities to rectify the problems," said Rob Musser, President of PLTA for 2005-2006. "When she failed to take action to bring her office into compliance with Pennsylvania law, we were left with no recourse but to seek the Court's assistance." Musser pointed out that "PLTA members are just one party affected by these problems. Anyone in Berks County who buys or sells real estate, or borrows or lends money against a property is currently exposed to unnecessary risk and inconvenience. Reliability and efficiency in the Recorder's office are essential to title insurance operations and to the customers we represent, so we are turning to the Court to compel Ms. Antoine to comply with the legal requirements of her office: to timely and efficiently record documents and to provide free access to the property records."
PLTA's lawsuit charges that Ms. Antoine's conduct of the office has exposed homeowners, lenders and commercial property owners to potential fraud and the claims of intervening creditors. Specifically, the suit alleges that her department has:
SOURCE Pennsylvania Land Title Association