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A Cautionary Tale (or Two) – The Need for Robust Internal Oversight in Financings

In this era of rushed financings and hectic corporate restructurings, internal controls and procedures are more important than ever. Adding litigious shareholders and debtholders to the mix means it’s never been more...more

How We're Different: Partner-Level Attention

It is an unfortunate fact of life for those of us who represent lenders that our bills are paid by the people on the other side of the table — the borrowers. While this is the custom, it adds extra weight to the usual concern...more

Top Ten Ethics & Compliance Predictions and Recommendations for 2015

Get the inside track on the key ethics and compliance industry trends that will impact your business in 2015—and get the resources you need to help you plan for the year ahead—in our annual Top Ten Predictions and...more

When Does a CCO Need to Walk the Dotted Line to the Board?

Johnny Cash was a singer for the ages — little did we know one of his great songs — Walk the Line was meant for Chief Compliance Officers. Every CCO has (or should have) the authority to report directly to the board...more

OMG! – A Simple Error in Preparing a UCC-3 Termination Statement May Result in the Loss of a $1.5 Billion Lien

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a secured creditor’s $1.5 billion security interest was invalidated due to an error in the preparation of its UCC-3 termination statement. A disastrous result which...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #49

We are pleased to present the 49th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent cases that address patent infringement claims, erroneous termination of security...more

You Should Know - February 2015

In This Issue: - Year of the Recall - Check Your Car Here - Free Accident Guide - Excerpt from Check to See If Your Car Is on the List: Auto Safety Crisis Spurs Record Year of Recalls - A...more

"Congressional Investigations Highlight Risks for Companies Across Industries"

An examination of congressional investigations in 2014 reminds us that such investigations can strike an industry or company at any time. Irrespective of the subjects, the investigations typically share one or more of the...more

Second Circuit to Lenders: Get Your UCC Filings Right

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion regarding a mistaken UCC-3 termination statement that all loan market participants should consider carefully. The Second Circuit held...more

Game Changer? The S.D.N.Y. Endorses a Company-Friendly Privilege Standard

In In re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation, No. 14-MD-2543 (JMF), 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5199, at *220 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 15, 2015), Judge Furman upheld General Motors' claim of privilege and work product protection...more

The GM Engine that Couldn’t: $1.5B Nail in JPMorgan’s Coffin

In our recent post, “Review Twice, File Once, Review Again; UCC-3 Termination Intent Irrelevant,”we described how the Delaware Supreme Court set forth how a secured party’s lien can be terminated without the requisite intent,...more

Second Circuit Rules Unintended UCC Termination Statement Was Authorized

When terminating a financing statement, it is necessary to be certain that other financing statements are not unintentionally released, according to an opinion last week of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The effect of...more

Erroneous UCC-3 Termination Leads to Disastrous Consequences

In a recent decision, a U.S. Court of Appeals held that the filing of a UCC-3 termination statement in a relatively simple payoff transaction between General Motors and a lender was still considered "authorized," despite the...more

Second Circuit: A Mistakenly Authorized UCC Termination Statement Is Effective to Terminate Original UCC Filing

On January 21, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit entered an opinion holding that an authorized UCC-3 termination statement is effective, for purposes of Delaware’s Uniform Commercial Code (the...more

Mistakes and Regrets: UCC Filing Error Terminates Security Interest

Action Item: When a secured loan is being paid off, lenders routinely authorize the borrower’s counsel to prepare and file UCC termination statements releasing the lender’s security interest in the borrower’s property. ...more

Mistakenly Filed UCC Termination Statement Results in Lender’s $1.5 Billion GM Bankruptcy Unsecured Loan

On October 20, 2014, we issued a Legal News Alert commenting on a decision of the Delaware Supreme Court, on certification from the Second Circuit, regarding the effect of a mistaken UCC-3 termination statement. The Delaware...more

A Cautionary Tale – The Need for Bank Oversight on Collateral Releases

Beware!! The story brought to us today courtesy of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (In re: Motor Liquidation Co., 13-2187) is one that should strike fear into the hearts of all bankers and lawyers. It is a cautionary tale...more

What's Next for NHTSA and Automotive Safety?

This past year, we witnessed the GM Ignition Switch investigation, which involved massive recalls, multiple Congressional hearings, and civil penalties; the ongoing Takata airbag inflator investigation and recalls (and more...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 1/13/2015

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - The 114th Congress and the final two years of the Obama Administration include a full energy and environment agenda....more

2015 Trends: #3 Culture (Still) Trumps Compliance

We asked industry experts, colleagues and compliance officers what they believe will be the top issues impacting workplace ethics and corporate compliance programs in 2015. We gathered their best thinking and prepared our...more

C-Suite Risks and Compliance

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore. – Yogi Berra With all the hubbub about ethics and compliance, senior managers somehow are able to escape any focus or responsibility for compliance programs except in a managerial...more

Delaware Supreme Court: A Mistakenly Authorized UCC Termination Statement is Effective to Terminate Original UCC Filing

On October 17, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court entered an opinion holding that a UCC-3 termination statement that is authorized by the secured party is effective to terminate the original UCC filing even though the secured...more

Delaware Supreme Court Finds UCC Termination Filings Valid Despite Lack of Lender’s Intent

On October 17, the Delaware Supreme Court held that JP Morgan (JPM) terminated its security interest in all of the collateral provided by General Motors (GM) in support of a $1.5 billion loan, despite neither party intending...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rules Mistakenly Filed UCC Termination Statement Is Effective in $1.5 Billion Secured Loan Transaction

Lenders need to exercise great caution when filing a UCC-3 termination statement. They must make sure that the list of security interests terminated is accurate and that the statement does not mistakenly include other,...more

Goodbye Mr. Millikin: GM’s Continuing Culture Challenges

The GM debacle over its handling of the ignition switch defect continues. GM’s CEO Mary Barra and the rest of GM’s leadership just do not seem to be getting the message. It is not unusual for C-Suite executives to lead from...more

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