FIRST AMERICAN CORPORATION SUBSIDIARY ACQUIRES MIAMI-BASED APPLICANT BACKGROUND SCREENING COMPANY


September 6, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation’s leading provider of business information and related products and services, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, CIC, Inc. (dba CIC Applicant Background Checks), has acquired Factual Business Information, a Miami-based firm that provides background checks on job applicants and current employees.

Effective immediately, Factual Business Information’s name will be changed to CIC Applicant Background Checks, though its operations will continue out of the Miami office. Alan Berger, former president of Factual Business Information, will retain responsibility for the Miami operation while he assumes his new position as regional sales executive for CIC. “We are excited to be part of CIC and look forward to introducing HireCheck, CIC’s award winning software, to our customer base and employees,” said Berger, who brings 16 years of background investigation and security expertise to CIC. 

“CIC is undergoing an organizational evolution with enhancements to services and systems,” said John W. Long, president of CIC, Inc., and executive vice president of The First American Corporation. “Joining forces with Factual Business Information is a another move towards our goal of becoming the nation’s premier provider of employment screening services.” 

CIC Applicant Background Checks of Largo, Fla., provides employment background checks and substance abuse screening for employers across the nation. CIC’s staff of 200 employees and over 2,000 field agents conduct searches and provide timely, accurate reports on criminal records, credit, civil litigation, prior employment, education, licenses, motor vehicle records, as well as other information necessary for employers to make informed hiring decisions. Information about CIC and its award- winning software applications can be found on the Internet at www.hirecheck.com

The First American Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the nation’s leading provider of business information and related products and services. The corporation’s three primary business segments include: title insurance and services; real estate information and services, which includes mortgage information services and database information and services; and consumer information and services, which provides home warranties; automotive, subprime and direct-to-consumer credit reporting; property and casualty insurance; property and automotive insurance tracking services; resident screening; pre-employment screening; investment advisory; and trust and banking services. Information about the First American Family of Companies and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.

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