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Keeping the Benefit of Your Bargain: Strengthening Your Right to Prepayment Premiums

Anyone involved in commercial lending transactions is familiar with provisions of loan agreements that provide for compensation to the lender in the event the indebtedness is paid in advance of the contemplated due date....more

The Washington Court of Appeals Strengthens the Ability of Lenders to Obtain Summary Judgment Against Commercial Guarantors on...

Post-foreclosure deficiency lawsuits against guarantors of commercial loans can be expensive and time consuming — particularly when measured against the sometimes uncertain collectability of the deficiency judgment. Under...more

Unmitigated Waivers: Guarantors Remain Liable Despite 4-Year Delay in Foreclosure Sale

If a lender delays foreclosure allowing years of default interest to accrue such that a guarantor’s obligation increases from $6 million to $12 million, should the guarantor remain on the hook for the full $12 million? In...more

District Court Denies Distressed Funds the Right to Vote on Bankruptcy Plan

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington (the "District Court") recently affirmed a bankruptcy court decision that prohibited a transferee of a secured lender's interest in a loan from voting on a debtor's...more

Prepetition Default Interest — Take Nothing For Granted

The case is In Re Shree Mahalaxmi Inc., 503 B.R. 794 (Bankr. W.D. Tex. 2014). After a mortgage lender learned of a prepetition default during a bankruptcy, it filed an amendment to its proof of claim to add prepetition...more

Reviving Construction Projects — How to Avoid Creating a Frankenstein Monster

Reviving dead or moth-balled projects presents risks and rewards. The rewards include a shorter ramp-up period. The risks include the revival of claims akin to the unintended creation of a Frankenstein monster. But those...more

Client Alert: The Arizona Court of Appeals Holds the Right to a Fair Market Value Hearing Cannot be Waived in a Deficiency Action

In CSA 13-101 Loop, LLC v. Loop l01, LLC, et al., Loop 101 borrowed $15.6 million from MidFirst (which later assigned its rights under the loan to CSA as an intercompany transfer) to build a commercial office building. The...more

Banks are Entitled to Recover Compensation in Condemnation Actions

Eminent domain or condemnation is the process by which the government is permitted to acquire a citizen’s private property for public use, after paying just compensation. Typically, property is acquired by the government...more

Rogers Towers: Garnishing Professional Fees After Close of Bankruptcy Proceeding

It is not an uncommon practice for commercial lenders or real estate owners to employ a broker to assist with the sale of property for a commission. Recently, a corporation owning a marina in South Florida filed for Chapter...more

Scion Breckenridge Managing Member, LLC v. ASB Allegiance Real Estate Fund, No. 437, 2012 (Del. May 9, 2013)

In this en banc opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s reformation of three real estate joint venture agreements, based on unilateral mistake by one joint venture party and knowing silence by the...more

In re School Specialty, Inc., Case No. 13-10125 (KJC) (Bankr. D. Del. Apr. 22, 2013)

In an age of historically low interest rates, lenders rely on fee income and other devices to enhance their returns. One of these mechanisms -- and one that can have dramatic consequences for a borrower -- is the inclusion of...more

Real World - Spring 2013: Damages include fall in market

Two recent cases have highlighted circumstances in which damages for breach of contract may include loss caused by a fall in market values....more

Lien Rights of Lenders and Landlords - Part I

Commercial real estate landlords and the lenders for their tenants have competing interests with respect to the tenant's personal property located at the demised premises. The landlord is looking to secure the tenant's rental...more

Does Non-Recourse Liability Still Exist?

About a year ago to the day, the real estate financing market took an unexpected turn. Year after year for many years prior, we all witnessed the real estate market take a huge beating. However, never could we have expected...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Lender v. Mechanics' Lien Priority Disputes

On October 25, 2012, the Nevada Supreme Court, in a case of first impression, held that equitable subrogation cannot be used as a method to repair broken priority over mechanics' liens, but left the door open to the potential...more

Rogers Towers: Appraisal Dates and Deficiency Judgments: Is Close Good Enough?

In Florida, the legal standard for a mortgagee to obtain a deficiency judgment following foreclosure is to establish the difference between the amount of the indebtedness and the fair market value of the foreclosure property...more

Supreme Court Upholds the Right to “Credit bid” in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC, et al. v. Amalgamated Bank

The secured lender industry experienced a collective sigh of relief on May 29 after the Supreme Court ruled in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC, et al. v. Amalgamated Bank that credit bidding remains a viable option to protect...more

It’s Indubitable: Supreme Court Upholds Secured Creditors’ Unequivocal Right to Credit Bid at Plan Sales

Much to the anticipation of the bankruptcy community, on May 29, 2012 the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank and put an end to the split among the Circuit...more

Canonized Credit-Bidding: The Supreme Court Unanimously Affirms Secured Creditor's Right to Credit-Bid at Free and Clear Sale in...

On May 29, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that a debtor could not confirm a plan over a secured creditor’s objection if the plan provided for the sale of the secured creditor’s collateral free and clear of liens, but did...more

Supreme Court Upholds Right to Credit-Bid in 363 Sales Embedded in Reorganization Plans

In the recent case of RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank, 2012 WL 1912197 (May 29, 2012), the Supreme Court in a unanimous 8-0 opinion, delivered by Justice Scalia, held that the Bankruptcy Code statutory scheme...more

Score One For Secured Lenders: U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Bankruptcy Debtors Cannot Sell Secured Lender’s Collateral Free And...

The U.S. Supreme Court does not often rule for secured lenders on bankruptcy issues. But on May 29, 2012, the Supreme Court did just that, resolving a split among lower courts on whether a debtor in Chapter 11 could confirm a...more

Supreme Court Decision Affirms Secured Creditors' Rights to Credit Bid

On May 29, 2012, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank case. The Court resolved the question of whether a debtor may confirm a plan of reorganization that prohibits a...more

Supreme Court Confirms Credit Bid Rights of Secured Creditors

The United States Supreme Court, in the case of Radlax Gateway Hotel, LLC v. Amalgamated Bank (“Radlax”), ruled that secured creditors have the same right to credit bid in collateral sales under a plan of reorganization as...more

Supreme Court Upholds Secured Creditors’ Right to Credit-Bid

The Court's unanimous decision in RadLAX Gateway Hotel LLC v. Amalgamated Bank settles dispute over the credit-bid right, retaining this important creditor protection. In a significant victory for secured creditors, on...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Right of Secured Creditors to Credit Bid Under Chapter 11 Plan

On May 29, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, resolved a high-profile circuit split regarding the right of secured creditors to credit bid in an asset sale under a chapter 11 plan. In RadLAX Gateway Hotel,...more

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