Bulletin: MI2020004

Date:
May 28, 2020
To:
All Michigan Issuing Offices
RE:
UNDERWRITING - Update of Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-4 of March 26, 2020

Dear Associates:

Please be advised that The Michigan Supreme Court has extended its Administrative Order on March 26, 2020 which stated that:

“The deadlines for all filings, jurisdictional and non-jurisdictional, in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are suspended as of March 24, 2020, the effective date of Michigan Governor Executive Order 2020-21 and will be tolled until the expiration of EO 2020-21 or a subsequent EO that extends the period in which citizens are required to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.”

Executive Order 2020-21 established an effective date through April 13, at 11:59pm. On May 5, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order No. 2020-77 which extended this date until May 28 at 11:59pm. Then on May 22, 2020, the Governor, by Executive Order 2020-100 (attached), extended the date through June 11, 2020, at 11:59.

The result of this Administrative Order is that the appeal period for any Court Order issued from a Michigan Court that would have expired on, or after, March 24 is suspended until June 12, 2020, and any remaining days on the appeal period would then start running from June 13, 2020, until the appropriate appeal period has expired. If the Court Order was entered after March 24 then the entire appeal period would be tolled with the first day of the appeal period beginning to run on June 13. Please note that the June 12, 2020, date can be extended by additional Michigan Governor Executive Orders. If the date is extended, Stewart Title will advise accordingly.

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THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
MI2020001 UNDERWRITING - Governor’s Executive Order No. 2020-41
 
MI2020003 UNDERWRITING - Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-4 of March 26, 2020
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None