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Eighth Circuit Opens Circuit Split on the Scope of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) makes it unlawful for any creditor “to discriminate against any applicant, with respect to any aspect of a credit transaction . . . on the basis of . . . marital status.” The statute...more

N.C. Supreme Court Issues Significant Ruling On Commercial Forbearance Agreements and Spousal Guaranties

On August 20, 2014, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion giving great weight to properly-drafted forbearance agreements in a commercial loan and guaranty context. RL REGI N.C., LLC v. Lighthouse Cove, LLC, No....more

Do Guarantors Fall under the Protection of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act?

We have discussed the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”), which makes it unlawful for a creditor to discriminate against an applicant in any aspect of a credit transaction on the basis of, among other things, the...more

North Carolina Supreme Court Clarifies the Enforceability of Waivers and Releases of Claims and Defenses in Forbearance Agreements

On August 20, 2014, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion clarifying the enforceability of waivers and releases of claims and defenses granted by borrowers and guarantors in forbearance agreements. RL REGI N.C.,...more

Guarantors Are Not Protected by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Eighth Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently upheld summary judgment in favor of a lender, dismissing an action by the borrowers’ spouses alleging that the lender’s requirement that the spouses sign guaranties...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Loan Guarantors Are Not Applicants Under ECOA

On August 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that ECOA clearly provides that a person does not qualify as an applicant under the statute solely by virtue of executing a guaranty to secure the debt of...more

Texas Supreme Court Confirms General Waiver of Section 51.003 in Guaranty Agreements

On June 13, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court conclusively resolved the issue of whether a guarantor may generally waive his/her/its statutory right of offset under Section 51.003 of the Texas Property Code. In Moayedi v....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

Guarantors Score Two Victories Before the Nevada Supreme Court

On May 29, 2013, the Nevada Supreme Court issued two decisions that all real estate lenders need to be aware of because they have the potential to eliminate the ability of a lender to recover a deficiency judgment from a...more

Georgia Court of Appeals Expands Lenders' Ability to Pursue Guarantor Deficiency Judgment Suits Beyond Foreclosure Confirmations

The Court of Appeals of Georgia further clarified Georgia's treatment of deficiency judgment suits against guarantors in instances where lenders cannot obtain foreclosure confirmations of secured property. Community &...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19047 - Commissioner of Public Safety v. Freedom of Information Commission - 1994 legislation that expanded the disclosure requirements of law enforcement agencies beyond just the name, rank & serial number of the...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Newsletter - June 2014

In this issue: - Are Breakup Fees at Risk? - Credit Bidding Rights Limited, Capped by Debt Purchase Amount - Court Upholds Creditor’s Security Interest Despite Post-Petition Lapse of Financing Statement...more

New Jersey Prepayment Law Does Not Apply to Individual Guarantors of a Commercial Loan

The New Jersey Superior Court, in Lopresti v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., determined that the New Jersey Prepayment Law, N.J.S.A. § 46:10B-1, does not apply to individual guarantors who had guaranteed a commercial loan. There,...more

Nevada Supreme Court Determines That Guarantor Cannot Waive Right to Receive a Notice of Default, but Substantial Compliance With...

Schleining v. Cap One, Inc., 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 36 (May 29, 2014), arises out of a loan to purchase an undeveloped piece of property, which was guaranteed by the principal of the borrower. After the borrower defaulted, the...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

Waive Goodbye to Confirmation Hurdle! Recent Decision from the Georgia Court of Appeals Gives Lenders an Alternate Route to...

By most accounts, a decision from the Georgia Court of Appeals last September represents a sea change in the law governing judicial confirmation of foreclosure sales and post-foreclosure deficiency claims. Indeed, the Court's...more

Select Bankruptcy Issues for General Counsel – Part One [Video]

Part one of an in-depth webinar discussion covering a range of bankruptcy issues of particular interest to In-House Counsel. The panel discusses bankruptcy and other creditor rights considerations when choosing the form of...more

South Carolina Ruling Could Change the Way Banks Negotiate Loan Settlements

In the recent case CoastalStates Bank v. Hanover Homes of South Carolina, LLC, et al., the South Carolina Court of Appeals issued a potentially game changing opinion on the consequences that a bank’s settlement with a...more

Guarantors Remain Liable Under Renewed Promissory Note, Even Absent Notice or Consent, Where the Modifications Are Not Adverse To...

In a prior post, we discussed a grantor’s continuing liability under a promissory note that is renewed without his notice or consent where the guaranty is a continuing guaranty, meaning it contemplates revisions or extensions...more

"Legendary" Case Confirms Guarantor's Independent Liability

In a published and precedent establishing case, the California Court of Appeal recently confirmed a guarantor’s separate and independent liability to a lender even if the borrower’s own liability has been discharged or...more

Guarantors Are Liable For Renewal Promissory Notes Executed Without Notice or Consent Even After Revoking Guaranty

Promissory notes are often renewed and extended without the express written consent of, or even notice to, the guarantors of the note. A guarantor, faced with changing circumstances and wishing to cut off his liability under...more

California Court Rejects “Sham Guaranty” Defense; Enforces Guaranty

The “sham guaranty” defense may absolve a guarantor of liability when no deficiency is available against the borrower, and the guarantor is really the borrower with a different name. In California Bank and Trust v. Lawler...more

Surprising Ruling By Georgia Court Of Appeals May Allow For Pursuit Of Guarantors Without First Confirming Foreclosure Sale In...

As any lender who’s had a loan secured by real property collateral in Georgia knows, in order to pursue a deficiency balance following a non-judicial foreclosure of its collateral, the foreclosure sale has to be “confirmed”...more

Nevada Supreme Court Limits Ability to Execute on Funds Contained in Joint Accounts in Brooksby v. Nevada State Bank

In Brooksby v. Nevada State Bank, 129 Nev. Adv. Op. 82 (Nov. 7, 2013), Nevada State Bank obtained a deficiency judgment against the guarantor of a commercial loan and then garnished funds contained in bank accounts jointly...more

Guarantor and Affiliate Financial Statements: Finding a Silver Lining

This week in our playbook, we are talking about guarantor and affiliate financial statements. First, the bad news: As a general rule, all guarantors must present the same audited and unaudited financial statements as...more

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