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New York Court of Appeals Reaffirms the Separate Entity Rule

On October 23, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank, --- N.E.3d ----, 2014 WL 5368774, 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 07199 (N.Y. Oct. 23, 2014), reaffirming New York's...more

Writs of Garnishment in Florida: An Overview

Writs of garnishment provide judgment creditors (i.e., the party in whose favor the judgment was entered) access to money that belongs to debtors but is possessed or controlled by third parties, typically financial...more

Multi-Jurisdictional Enforcement of Judgments

With more cross-border trade and foreign investments, businesses may find themselves in more disputes with counterparties before foreign courts or in international arbitration. Where a party chooses—or the parties’ contract...more

The "Separate Entity Rule" Remains Alive and Well in New York State

On October 23, 2014, in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank, No. 162, 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 2946 (2014), the New York State Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, answered in the affirmative the following question...more

Assets in Foreign Branches Off Limits to Domestic Judgment Creditors

New York’s high court announced last week that banking institutions with branches in New York are shielded from judgment creditors attempting to collect on customer assets held at foreign branches of the same bank....more

Motorola Credit Corporation v. Standard Chartered Bank: The New York Court of Appeals Limits Restraints on Assets Held in Foreign...

In Motorola Credit Corporation v. Standard Chartered Bank (“Motorola”), the New York Court of Appeals reaffirmed the “separate entity rule,” holding in a 5 – 2 opinion that a judgment creditor’s service of a restraining...more

How Wage Garnishment Works in Arizona

While there is no good time to have your wages garnished it seems that many people get hit at the worst possible time. In Arizona once a creditor has sued you and has a judgment against you they can garnish up to 25% of each...more

Are Bank Branches in New York the Gateway to Seizure of Foreign Assets: The New York Court of Appeals Reconsiders the Separate...

On September 16, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument on a certified question from the Second Circuit in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank, an important case concerning the application of New...more

New Jersey’s “Direct Action Statute” Is Not A Bar To Judgment Creditor’s Coverage Action

A New Jersey appellate court recently addressed that state’s “direct action statute,” concluding that it did not prevent judgment creditors from pursuing a coverage action arising out of an LMX reinsurance spiral. The...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Decision in Associated Bank N.A. v. Collier Changes the Rules for Collecting Judgments

In Wisconsin, supplemental proceedings under Wis. Stat. ch. 816 are the principal tool by which a judgment creditor can discover assets of the judgment debtor in aid of collection. But for the last 15 years, they have also...more

Controversial Florida Case Blocks Creditor from Enforcing Judgment Against Foreign Assets

A recent opinion from Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal held that a Florida court does not have jurisdiction to compel a judgment debtor to turn over stock certificates located outside the state of Florida to satisfy...more

Recognition of Foreign Judgments in the United States

Every year, thousands of foreign court judgments are brought to U.S. federal and state courts for recognition and enforcement, raising thorny issues for both U.S. and foreign lawyers seeking to obtain, or oppose, recognition....more

California Appeals Court Holds Judgment Creditor’s Forbearance Fees Not Subject To State Usury Law

On April 25, the California Court of Appeal, First District, held that California’s usury law does not prohibit a judgment creditor from accepting a forbearance fee to delay collecting on a judgment. Bisno v. Kahn, No....more

New York High Court Shields Banks from Certain Direct Actions by Debtors

On November 21, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals, in response to a certified question from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, ended the long-running debate over whether a separate, private plenary...more

A creditor is suing me! Should I file bankruptcy?

Being sued by a creditor is sure to get your attention. We'll explore what could happen if you do or do not file bankruptcy....more

Legislative Update

Construction legislation in the 2013 session was much different from 2011. In 2011 many new construction related laws were passed including governance of indemnities and mechanic’s liens. In 2013 many significant...more

Rogers Towers: Commencing Proceedings Supplementary to Recover Fraudulent Transfers

Proceedings supplementary are intended to be a speedy and relatively inexpensive means by which a judgment creditor can recover fraudulent transfers from third parties. Unlike conventional suits, proceedings supplementary do...more

Rogers Towers: Post-Judgment Recovery of Attorney’s Fees and Costs

One of the issues faced by a judgment creditor in pursuing collection of the judgment is the amount of attorney’s fees and costs that will be incurred in the collection efforts. They can be substantial and are generally not...more

"New York’s Highest Court Refuses to Allow Judgment Enforcement Against International Bank Subsidiaries"

This week, the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest state court, issued a unanimous opinion in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 03018 (N.Y. Apr....more

Decisions, Decisions. Bankruptcy or Debt Settlement?

If you have read my blog at all you have likely read my mantra that “no body wants to file for bankruptcy”. Sometimes it is just flat out necessary. But how do you know if bankruptcy is the right choice?...more

Fourth Circuit Refuses to Pierce the Corporate Veil in Oil Spill Case

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has refused to enforce a judgment against an entity with ties to the judgment debtor, finding that the judgment creditor had not adequately pled an alter ego claim....more

Assignee Judgment Creditor May Apply For And Receive Property Held By The State Controller Pursuant To The Unclaimed Property Law

In Weingarten Realty Investors v. Chiang (Cal. App. 4th, December 19, 2012), a California court of appeal considered whether a judgment creditor could claim property being held by the State Controller’s office on behalf of...more

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