Title Insurance Litigation
Callison Tighe has represented title insurance underwriters in South Carolina’s state and federal courts since 1975, when Managing Partner Mike Tighe began litigating claims for Chicago Title Insurance Company.
Since then, attorneys Louis Lang and Jim Koutrakos have joined Tighe in representing title insurance underwriters both small and large in matters ranging from garden-variety title claims to major claims, agent defalcations and direct actions against underwriters.
Callison Tighe’s litigators are familiar with the nuances of title insurance policies and the title insurance industry. They have an understanding of the wide range of issues that arise when litigating title insurance claims. They also advise title insurance agents and underwriters on questions having to do with underwriting and coverage in South Carolina.
Among the cases with which Callison Tighe has been involved:
- In First Federal Savings Bank of Brunswick v. Stewart Title Guaranty Co., 317 S.C. 131, 451 S.E.2d 916 (Ct. App. 1994), a large judgment was obtained against a title insurance carrier, who then retained Callison Tighe to prosecute the appeal. The South Carolina Court of Appeals reversed the trial court.
- In TC X, Inc. v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., 928 F. Supp. 618 (D.S.C. 1995).
- Callison Tighe represented a title insurance carrier in a bad faith case in federal court. Read v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., 2006 WL 3313935 (D.S.C. 2006).
- The firm defended Chicago Title in what was then the longest civil jury trial in South Carolina history.
- Callison Tighe represented two underwriters in two major mortgage fraud cases brought by lenders seeking indemnification under closing protection letters.
- The firm represented a developer of a resort in Charleston in litigating and resolving a title dispute involving a $130 million title insurance policy.
- The firm completed a trial where the trial court found that a $1.3 million insured mortgage was superior to a purchase money mortgage given to a seller.