News & Analysis as of’s 6th Annual Golden Turkey Awards

As is our tradition here at Crunched Credit, each year, about this time, we award our Golden Turkey Awards. Once again, I must say that we are blessed, blessed with so many worthy candidates. Our government, our courts, the...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 8

Structured Notes and Issuer Quiet Periods Background - Most issuers establish a “quiet period” (also called a “blackout” period) prior to the release of potentially sensitive information and material non-public...more

FCA reports on credit card market

FCA has published the interim findings from its market study on the credit card sector. FCA finds that, in most of the market, competition is working fairly well for consumers but is concerned about the scale of potentially...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

TLAC, and Then Some… A Preliminary Assessment of the Federal Reserve Board’s NPR

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Federal Reserve Board (“Board”) reaffirmed its commitment to both the bank holding company model and single point of entry resolution. In a departure from historical views of the purpose and...more

FDCPA “Communication” Must Imply Existence of a Debt, Sixth Circuit Rules

A voicemail message should not be considered a “communication” that is actionable under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled, unless the message at least...more

Avoiding a Limitations Fight by Rescinding Acceleration

Texas recently added a new statute aimed at providing lienholders and loan servicers an unambiguous method for unilaterally abandoning the acceleration of a loan's maturity. When a borrower defaults in paying an...more

Is there a right way to respond to the "Law School Debt Crisis" Editorial?

Amidst all the other newsworthy topics, the New York Times editorial board made law school debt the lead editorial for today's Sunday edition. And the story line is not good. The editorial starts with the bleak...more

Stuck in the Bunker – OW and Retention of Title

The fallout from the OW Bunker bankruptcy in November last year continues with a number of claims being heard in the English courts. Last month the owners of the vessel “Res Cogitans” appealed to the Court of Appeal against...more

The First Step to Financial Peace is Having a Plan

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I am a fan of Dave Ramsey and his approach to eliminating debt. This is kind of a strange thing for a bankruptcy lawyer (for some weird reason many bankruptcy attorneys...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya: On October 8th, The Washington Post provided an update on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) activities in Sirte, Libya. Since taking hold of Sirte earlier this year, ISIL...more

CFPB Issues Statement Following Reports of Widespread Student Loan Servicing Failures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently focused its attention on the student loan industry following alleged widespread servicing failures reported by borrowers and found by the CFPB's examinations and...more

Flurry of FCRA Complaints Recently Filed in Nevada Courts

Approximately 50 cases have been filed recently in Nevada state and federal courts against furnishers of information and credit reporting agencies (CRAs) for alleged Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) violations. It appears...more

Worthless Debt Deduction – A Cautionary Tale

For partnership, individuals and other types of taxpayers that are not in the business of making loans, the main avenue for tax relief when a loan goes bad is Section 166 – the bad debt deduction. In order to claim this...more

FOS feeds back on complaints obligations for NFP

FOS has published its feedback statement to responses on its consultation on amendments to its standard terms affecting businesses subject to the voluntary jurisdiction (see FReD 21 August 2015). The responses received were...more

Big Changes Coming to Michigan’s Garnishment Laws

On October 1, 2015, thanks to recent changes in the law, there will be several big changes to Michigan's periodic garnishment process. Some changes will benefit creditors who are owed money, some will benefit debtors, and...more

Convertible Equity: The Founder’s Alternative to Convertible Debt

Convertible debt (a loan that converts into equity upon the closing of a round of financing or other conversion event) has long been the preferred investment vehicle of early-stage investors, particularly angel investors, as...more

Property Surrender: Surrender Means Surrender – Really

In re Failla, 529 B.R. 786 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2014) – Individual chapter 7 debtors filed a statement of intention electing to surrender their real estate. The mortgagee contended that they had failed to do so and filed a...more

Alabama Bankruptcy Court Holds That Filing Proof of Claim for Time-Barred Debt Cannot Give Rise to FDCPA Claim or Sanctions

In Jenkins v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama held that the filing of a proof of claim based on a time-barred debt cannot give rise to a claim for damages under...more

Italy Significantly Amends Debt Restructuring and Bankruptcy Proceedings

Material changes to the Italian bankruptcy law will likely result in increased interest of investors in the distressed market. The Italian legislators passed significant amendments to the legal framework applicable to...more

Agency CMBS – the perfect pill for a large loan CMBS pricing headache!

The recent below par pricing of two Goldman Sachs arranged CMBS deals demonstrate the potential perils of CMBS as a distribution tool for CRE debt. Indeed, these two deals bring into stark focus the pricing quandary that...more

Startup Entrepreneurs Should Plan for Success But Prepare for Failure: Do You Have a Plan B?

When a startup participant (i.e., company founder, investor, officer, director) prepares a business plan for success, they would be wise to consider their options under a Plan B in the event of failure....more

Federal Court Declares Georgia’s Statutory Garnishment Process Unconstitutional

On September 8, 2015, United States District Judge Marvin H. Shoob declared Georgia’s statutory garnishment process unconstitutional in Strickland v. Alexander, No. 1:12-CV-02735-MHS (N.D. Ga. Sept. 8, 2015) (granting summary...more

Massachusetts Denies ‘True Debt’ Treatment for Cash Management Obligations

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (“ATB”) has once again issued a Findings of Fact and Report upholding a Department assessment on the basis that a taxpayer’s intercompany obligations under a cash management system were...more

Application of the FDCPA is limited by the 11th Circuit

Recently, in Davidson v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 14714 (11th Cir. Aug. 21, 2015), the 11th Circuit held that banks do not qualify as “debt collectors” under the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act...more

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