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New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Holds That Mortgage Was No Longer Enforceable and Borrower Was Entitled to a “Free House”

Action Item: In light of this decision, lenders should ensure that foreclosures in New Jersey are filed within six years of the date of default. Failure to file a foreclosure within six years may cause the action to be barred...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Party's Own Apparent Neglect Can Lose Right to Set Aside Default

In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide a question relating to the operation of Section 2-1401 of the Code of Civil Procedure: under what circumstances is the apparent lack of...more

Low-income housing tax credit workouts and bankruptcies: Understanding the basics

Note: This post is the first in a continuing series on the Credit Report Blog on the subject of workouts and bankruptcies involving low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) projects....more

New York Appellate Division Decision Provides Comfort for Secured Lenders Negotiating With Their Defaulting Borrowers

On October 28, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division – First Department affirmed the dismissal of claims brought by a defaulting borrower against its lender, Siemens First Capital Commercial Finance LLC*, in Whitecap...more

Vendees' Liens—Construction Lenders Beware!

A recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision highlights a lien priority risk for secured construction lenders when the financed project fails. The problem—known as a “vendee lien”—is most likely to arise when up-front deposits...more

Spouse-Guarantor Rule: A Split Between Federal Circuit Courts

When a closely-held entity applies for a loan, the financial institution usually requires the entity’s owner(s) to guaranty the loan. If the owner is married, the financial institution may also require the owner(s) spouse(s)...more

CFPB Report Finds Distressed Private Student Loan Borrowers Driven Into Default

On October 16, the CFPB released a report highlighting complaints by struggling private student loan borrowers who describe being driven into default....more

Reducing a Customer's Accounts Receivable in the Zone of Insolvency

Reuters, Bloomberg and Debtwire are all reporting negative financial information about your customer: "Bond ratings are down-graded, bond prices are falling, a likely “restructuring” to address the bond debt,...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - October 2014

In this issue: - Judge Says That Stockton, California Can Cut Pension Obligations - Third-Party Releases – Better Make Sure They Are Adequately Disclosed - Lawyers Who Sign Proofs of Claims for Clients...more

Cohort Default Rates Decrease; Proprietary School Default Rates Decrease for Third Straight Year

Earlier today the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released the official three-year Cohort Default Rates (CDRs) for FY 2011. For the uninitiated, this is a measure of the number of students entering repayment in FY...more

Department of Education Extends CDR Relief to Schools With Borrowers Facing “Split Servicing”

In advance of the release of the official FY2011 Cohort Default Rate (CDR) data, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced that the Department has “adjusted how it calculates CDRs for any institution that...more

Another Court Rules That Availability of Make-Whole Premiums in Bankruptcy Depends on Governing Documents

In a recent bench decision in In re MPM Silicones, LLC et al., Case No. 14-22503-RDD (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. August 26, 2014), the Bankruptcy Court considered bondholders’ right to recover make-whole premiums (premiums paid for...more

What Happens If You Default in Your Divorce Proceedings?

In an interesting case, Clementi v. Clementi, Wife petitioned the court for sole ownership of the mortgage free marital home, estimated at $200,000, when her Husband failed to respond to her divorce complaint which resulted...more

Maine Supreme Court Addresses MERS Assignments and Payoff Amounts During Cure Periods

The Maine Supreme Court has been active in the last few months – issuing several decisions that will likely impact foreclosure actions in that state. The decisions covered a full range of foreclosure issues, from whether a...more

Mortgage Enforcement: Dot Those “i”s and Cross Those “t”s – Or Else

A chapter 13 debtor objected to the portion of a mortgagee’s claim consisting of expenses related to foreclosure of its mortgage. She argued that since the mortgagee failed to comply with notice requirements under the...more

Motion to Set Aside Default Where Defendant Waited Too Long to Obtain New Counsel

Plaintiff Fleet Engineers, Inc. ("Fleet") develops, manufactures, and sells after-market products for the trucking industry. Defendant Tarun Surti, the president of Mudguard Technologies, LLC ("Mudguard"), owns a mud flap...more

Open the Door! Why You Shouldn’t Avoid Being Served in Your Debt Collection Lawsuit

Over the years I have noticed that I revisit the topic of whether or not you should avoid the process server in your debt collection lawsuit. It is usually spurred on by a person I meet with in a consultation who had a...more

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

Guarantors Remain Liable for “Carve-out” Obligations, Despite Non-recourse Loan

Believe it or not, guaranty contracts mean what they say. If a guarantor agrees to reimburse a lender for misappropriated security deposits, unpaid taxes, and the cost of enforcement, then – not surprisingly – courts will...more

ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Amendment Limits Prerogatives of Non-Defaulting Parties

On June 19, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a long-awaited standard amendment to Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement (the Master Agreement). Section 2(a)(iii) of the Master...more

California Foreclosure Law: A Defaulting Borrower Cannot Enjoin A Foreclosure Sale By Asserting That The Lender Lacks Standing

Under California’s non-judicial foreclosure statutes, a defaulting borrower cannot enjoin a lender’s initiation of foreclosure proceedings by asserting that the lender lacks standing. (Keshtgar v. U.S. Bank, N.A. (2014) 192...more

Big Win for our Florida team in U.S. Bank N.A. v. Bartram

In U.S. Bank N.A. v. Bartram, ____ So.3d ____, 2014 WL 1632138 (Fla. 5th DCA April 25, 2014), the Fifth District Court of Appeals for the State of Florida reversed a decision from the Circuit Court of St. Johns County...more

Breaking the ISDA Section 2(a)(iii) Insolvency Stalemate

On 19 June 2014, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (“ISDA”) published an amendment to the ISDA Master Agreement for use in relation to section 2(a)(iii) of that agreement, for parties who wish to amend their...more

Rating Agency Developments

On June 13, Moody’s announced that its private student loan default rate index will continue to decline. On June 13, Fitch announced that it has taken various conforming rating actions on enhanced municipal bonds and...more

Financial Institutions and Creditors’ Rights: Ninth Circuit Finds SCRA Liability Based on Prior Servicer’s Actions

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) was signed into law in 2003, greatly expanding prior legislation in order to better assist servicemembers in avoiding default and foreclosure while they are on active duty. The...more

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