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United Title of Texas Resource Page

United Title of Texas (United Title) ceased all operations in the business of title insurance in Texas late Tuesday, July 29, 2008, without notice to consumers or regulators. The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) placed United Title of Texas under an Administrative Order by Consent. On October 24, 2008, United Title filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of title 11, U.S.C. in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado, Case No. 08-26825. United Title is a direct subsidiary of Mercury Companies, Inc. (Mercury). On August 28, 2008, Mercury also filed a voluntary Chapter 11 petition. The United Title bankruptcy case is jointly administered with the Mercury bankruptcy case under Case No. 08-23125 MER.

For Information On the United Title Bankruptcy

Go to: http://cases.gcginc.com/mco/

Or Call 631-470-5000

Via Regular Mail:
The Garden City Group, Inc.
Attn: Mercury Companies, Inc.
PO Box 9000 #6512
Merrick, NY 11566-9000

Via Overnight Courier or Hand Delivery:
The Garden City Group, Inc.
Attn: Mercury Companies, Inc.
105 Maxess Road
Melville, NY 11747

TDI is providing consumers with answers to Frequently Asked Questions and other information about the actions taken in Texas.

This web page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions   

Q: Why did United Title suddenly shut down operations in Texas?
A: At the direction of its Colorado-based parent company, the Mercury Companies, United Title ceased all operations late Tuesday, July 29, 2008, and laid off all employees. The exact reasons for the Mercury Companies’ decision to shut down United Title are not known by TDI at this time.

Q: I had earnest money or other funds held in escrow at United Title. Can I get those funds released?
A: TDI is no longer in control of any United Title escrow funds. All United Title escrow funds have been dispersed to the underwriters. You need to contact the underwriter directly about release of escrow funds.

The following are the underwriter contacts for consumer-related inquires:

First American Title Insurance Company

Old Republic Title
Lesley D. Pugh (888) 678-1700

Stewart Title
John Rothermel (800) 292-5712

Pacific Northwest Title
Don Kirkland (800) 634-5544

Title Resources Guaranty Company
J. Christopher Phillips (800) 526-8018

Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
Jody Thomas (800) 292-5320

Q: I was an employee of United Title. Can I get COBRA coverage?
A: Based on current information that TDI has gathered, it appears that health care coverage has been terminated effective July 31, 2008. Because the Mercury Companies shut down United Title, and United Title is no longer actively conducting business, it is likely that COBRA coverage will not be available. Please contact Great-West Healthcare directly to obtain a certificate of coverage:

Great-West Healthcare
1000 Great West Dr
Kennett, MO 63857-3749

For health insurance options in Texas, you may find the following link helpful: www.texashealthoptions.com/cp/unemployed.html

For more information contact:

Last updated: 06/20/2014

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