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The Second District Court of Appeals Holds That Due To Inconsistencies Between The Provisions Of A Promissory Note And A Deed Of...

Facts - U.S. Bank's predecessor bank extended a $62,000,000 loan (Loan) to three legal entities (Borrowers). The Loan was secured by a deed of trust on real property. Mr. and Mrs. Yashouafar (Yashouafars) guaranteed...more

1/7/2015 - Accelerated Payments Deed of Trust Foreclosure Full Credit Bid Loan Agreements Prepayment Penalties Promissory Notes Secured Lenders US Bank

Guarantors of a Construction Loan were Exonerated From Liability by a Bank's Misconduct Under the Loan Agreement, Notwithstanding...

California Bank & Trust's predecessor bank ("Bank") granted a $22.5 million construction loan to Five Corners Rialto, LLC ("Five Corners") to develop a 70-unit townhome project in two phases. Two principals of Five Corners...more

12/23/2014 - Banks Construction Industry Construction Loans Construction Project Guarantors Loan Agreements Successor Liability Waiver of Liability Waivers Willful Misconduct

Bank That Accepted Stolen and Forged Checks From Check-Cashing Company Had Duty of Care to Verify Endorsements

Addressing an issue of first impression, the California Fourth Appellate District has decided that a check cashing service is not a bank for purposes of the fraudulent indorsement provisions of Section 3405 of the California...more

11/18/2014 - Banks Convenience Checks Duty of Care Fraud Fraud Prevention Nonbank Firms

Bank is Not Entitled to Deficiency Judgment Against Debtors Who Did Not Consent to Disposal of One of Two Properties Securing the...

The California Fifth Appellate District (Appellate Court) has decided that in a judicial foreclosure action, a bank whose loan was secured by two parcels of real property is precluded by C.C.P. section 726 (the one form of...more

11/12/2014 - Banks Debtors Deficiency Judgments Loans Unsecured Loans

Constitutional Default Interest Rate of 7% Rather Than 10% Default for Breach of Contract, Applies to Prejudgment Interest on a...

Addressing an issue of first impression, the Fourth Appellate District has determined that in a mechanic's lien foreclosure action against an innocent property owner who did not contract with the mechanic's lien claimant, the...more

10/29/2014 - Breach of Contract Construction Disputes Foreclosure General Contractors Interest Rates Mechanics Lien

Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Holds That Contempt Proceedings Filed Against Debtor Were Not Subject To Automatic Stay

In In re Dingley (August 6, 2014) --- B.R. ----, 9th Cir.BAP (Nev.), the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel ("BAP") held that a creditor did not violate an automatic stay for maintaining a contempt proceeding against a...more

8/18/2014 - Automatic Stay Consumer Bankruptcy Contempt Debt Debtors

Bank Must Face Homeowner’s Negligence Claim Because It Owes A Duty To Use Reasonable Care In Processing Loan Modification

In Alvarez v. BAC Home Loans Servicing L.P. (August 7, 2014, A138443) --- Cal.App. 4th ---, the First District Court of Appeal reversed a judgment entered in favor of Defendants as to fraud, unfair competition and negligence...more

8/15/2014 - Fraud Negligence Reasonable Care Unfair Competition

Claimant Must Exhaust Administrative Remedies Provided For In The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of...

After defaulting on his Hawaii home mortgage with Washington Mutual Bank ("Wamu") and facing nonjudicial foreclosure, Todd Rundgren (Hello It's Me) and his wife, Michelle (collectively the "Rundgrens"), sued Wamu and JP...more

8/7/2014 - Administrative Remedies Default FIRREA Foreclosure Fraud JPMorgan Chase Mortgages Non-Judicial Foreclosures Property Owners WAMU

Under Well Established California Law, Judgment In Favor Of Borrower In A Lawsuit Brought To Foreclose A Mechanic's Lien After...

The issue before the Second District Court of Appeal ("Appellate Court") in this published opinion was whether a senior trust deed holder loses its priority lien position after accepting a deed in lieu of foreclosure from its...more

7/16/2014 - Appeals Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure Foreclosure Mechanics Lien Mortgages Non-Judicial Foreclosures Senior Lenders Trust Deeds

Court Of Appeal Affirms Dismissal Of Action Against Numerous Financial Institutions Alleging Mortgage And Deed Of Trust On...

Pro Se Plaintiff Yvanova sued a number of financial institutions after her residence was nonjudicially foreclosed alleging one cause of action to quiet title to her residence in herself. Among other things, Plaintiff alleged...more

6/12/2014 - Action to Quiet Title Deed of Trust Dismissals Foreclosure Mortgages

Bank's Decision To Draw From Letter of Credit Does Not Extinguish Entire Debt Because Debt Was Clearly Not Paid In Full

In this breach of commercial guaranty decision, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's grant of a motion for nonsuit in favor of the guarantors. The basis for the reversal was that the lender's draw on a letter of...more

6/12/2014 - Banks Breach of Warranty Collateral Guaranty Claims Loans

Fees Associated With Foreclosure Process May Not be Imposed On Servicemembers Protected By The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act ("SCRA") prohibits nonjudicial foreclosure proceedings during, or one year after, a servicemember's military service. In Brewster v. Sun Trust Mortgage Inc., 742 F.3d 876 (9th Cir. 2014),...more

6/10/2014 - Fees Foreclosure Military Service Members Mortgages SCRA

A Settlement Agreement's Liquidated Damages Clause That Bears No Reasonable Relationship To Actual Damages Constitutes An...

In Purcell v. Schweitzer (2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 969, the Court of Appeal disapproved of a settlement agreement providing the entire amount in dispute would be due if the debtor breached the agreement. The court determined...more

5/16/2014 - Debt Debtors Judicial Settlement Agreements Settlement Void and Unenforceable

Borrowers Have Standing to Challenge Void Assignments of Their Loans

A California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court’s decision and held that a borrower may sue a bank for wrongful foreclosure when an attempted transfer of loan to a securitized trust occurred after the trust’s closing...more

8/26/2013 - Assignments Borrowers Foreclosure Loans Mortgages Securities Standing Trusts Wrongful Foreclosures

U.S. Court of Appeals: The Home Affordable Assistance Program Has Produced More Litigation Than Happy Homeowners

In Corvello v. Wells Fargo Bank NA (--- F.3d ----, C.A.9 (Cal.), August 8, 2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Wells Fargo Bank was required to offer borrowers permanent loan modifications to their home...more

8/19/2013 - Banks Borrowers HAMP Lenders Loan Modifications Mortgages U.S. Treasury Wells Fargo

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