Scott J. Kennelly

Scott J. Kennelly

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Usury in Florida: Mistakes in Calculation

Because intent is a key element of usury, a lender may be able to successfully defend against a claim of usury if it can demonstrate that the interest was demanded, or in some cases even collected, through inadvertent error....more

9/4/2014 - Lenders Usury

Usury in Florida: Are Late Fees Usurious?

When borrowers default under the terms of their loans, lenders often, in accordance with the loan documents, can assess late fees against the borrower. When lenders assess late fees around the time of or after a loan matures...more

8/14/2014 - Borrowers Lenders Loans Usury

A Potential Defense for Purchasing Banks Against Lender Liability Claims Based on the Actions of a Failed Bank

Previous posts discussed how the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (“FIRREA”) creates a mandatory administrative claims process for claims against the assets of failed financial institutions. If a...more

5/13/2014 - Administrative Hearings Banks FDIC FIRREA JPMorgan Chase Lenders

Question Certified to the Florida Supreme Court: Can Lenders Cure Standing Defects?

Establishing standing—the legal basis of a plaintiff’s right to bring suit—to enforce a promissory note is a critical aspect of any foreclosure action. Florida case law requires that the party seeking to foreclose have...more

11/22/2013 - Foreclosure Lenders Mortgages Promissory Notes Standing

Rogers Towers: Usury in Florida: Using the 365/360 Method to Calculate Interest

Many lending institutions use the 365/360 method of calculating interest on their loans. This method involves applying the ratio of the annual interest over a year of 360 days, multiplied by the outstanding principal balance,...more

8/6/2013 - Interest Rates Lenders Lending Principal Balance Usury

Rogers Towers: Usury in Florida: The Limited Application of the Savings Clause

A usury savings clause is a provision in a loan document that attempts to negate any other provisions therein that might result in the extraction of an illegal interest rate....more

7/30/2013 - Interest Rates Lenders Loans Usury

Rogers Towers: Usury in Florida: Intent is Key

Usury under Florida law is largely a matter of intent. It is not fully determined by the fact that the lender actually received more than law permits but by the existence of a corrupt purpose in the lender’s mind to charge...more

4/11/2013 - Bad Faith Interest Rates Lenders Loan Documentation Loans Usury

Usury in Florida; Generally

Under Florida law, usury is defined as the willful and knowing charge or receipt of interest in excess of 18% per year for credit transactions involving less than $500,000 or between 25% and 45% per year in a credit...more

4/2/2013 - Borrowers Interest Rates Lenders Penalties Usury

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