Chapter 381 Title Insurance Law Section, Section 381.141
NOTE: The following statute is not published in the current edition of the Missouri Revised Statutes, but it remains in effect. The statute was repealed by Senate Bill 894 (2000), but reinstated after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled SB 894 unconstitutional in the case of Home Builders of Greater St. Louis v. State of Missouri, 75 S.W.3d 267 (Mo. Banc 2002).
Referrals, general prohibition against--producers may refer business, conditions.
- No title insurer or title agent or agency shall:
- Pay, directly or indirectly, to the insured or to any other person any commission, any part of its premiums, fees, or other charges; or any other consideration as inducement or compensation for the referral of title business or for performance of any escrow or other service by the title agent or agency; or
- Issue any title insurance policy or perform any service in connection with any transaction in which it has paid or intends to pay any commission, rebate or inducement which it knows to be in violation of this section.
- Nothing in this section shall be construed as prohibiting reasonable payments, other than for the referral of title insurance business, for services actually rendered to either a title insurer or a title agent or agency in connection with title insurance business.
- Nothing in sections 381.011 to 381.241 shall prohibit any producer or any associate of a producer from referring title business to any title insurer or title insurance agent or agency of his, her or its choice, and if such producer or associate producer has any financial, franchise, or ownership interest in the title insurer, the title insurance agent or agency, from receiving income or profits produced or realized from such financial, franchise or ownership interest so long as the purchaser is made aware in writing of the relationship between the producer or associate producer and the title agent or agency.
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