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Lending Focus: Insurance Proceeds & Casualty Events

Rebuilding After a Casualty. Recent events such as Hurricane Sandy confirm that commercial properties can incur substantial damage and that insurance claims will follow. When the property is encumbered by a mortgage,...more

Supreme Court of Rhode Island Declares Usury Savings Clauses Void

For public policy reasons, the Rhode Island Supreme Court recently held that usury savings clauses are void and unenforceable. In NV One, LLC v. Potomac Home Capital, LLC, borrowers who had defaulted on their note filed a...more

Commercial Mortgage Options Expanding – Borrowers to Benefit?

Anyone working in the commercial real estate mortgage industry in the past five or six years is eager for signs of a sustained recovery. Having just returned from the Mortgage Bankers Association Commercial Real Estate...more

What Your Financial Statements Tell your Lender about Your Firm

For personal injury attorneys working on contingency, securing a loan to finance case/trial costs and working capital is a great alternative when compared to partners using their own capital to fund the firm and their cases....more

Guarantor's "Sham Guaranty" Defense Harder To Prove

A recent case has reaffirmed lenders’ ability to require personal guarantees from principals of borrowing entities. In California Bank & Trust v. Lawlor, a California appellate court considered the enforceability of...more

E.D.N.C. Bankruptcy Court Rules that Borrower Can Raise Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Claims Against Lender Based on...

Does a lender have a duty to act in good faith when negotiating with a borrower during a commercial loan modification? In an order issued recently by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North...more

CFPB settles RESPA referral fee charges against mortgage lender based on rent payments

The CFPB has announced that it has issued a Consent Order to settle charges that a mortgage lender and its principal violated RESPA Section 8 by paying illegal kickbacks to a bank in exchange for mortgage loan referrals....more

Utah Federal Court Holds Model TILA Rescission Notice Not “Clear And Conspicuous”

On January 6, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah held that the model TILA rescission disclosure, form H-8, does not clearly and conspicuously disclose the three business day rescission period. Simmons v....more

Working on the chain gang - Supply chain finance as the new norm: David Conaway addresses the pros and cons of supply chain...

Introduction - Adjusting to the “new reality”, many companies have focused on all aspects of their balance sheets to improve performance for stakeholders. Companies have realized that material extensions of credit...more

CFPB’s fact vs. fiction guide: useful information for consumers or defense planning?

With the January 10 effective date imminent, the CFPB has issued what it labels a “fact vs. fiction guide” on its ability-to-repay/qualified mortgage rule. According to the CFPB, the guide is intended “to help dispel some of...more

CMBS Pre-negotiation Agreements

Pre-negotiation agreements ("PNA’s") are contractual arrangements in which a lender and a distressed borrower agree to negotiate the terms of a potential workout or settlement. The primary purpose of a PNA is to foster an...more

Former Colorado regulator and consumer advocate Laura Udis to join CFPB as manager for payday lending program

We have learned that, starting Monday, Laura Udis will join the CFPB as the Payday and Small Dollar Lending Program Manager in Research, Markets and Regulations. Ms. Udis comes to the CFPB from the Consumer Federation of...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Servicer Not Liable For Violations of Truth in Lending Act

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a district court’s dismissal of two claims—one under the Truth in Lending Act, the other under the Real Estate Settlement...more

Recording Of Mortgage Necessary For Qualified Residence Interest Deduction

Two individuals borrowed money from the mother of one of them. A mortgage was prepared to secure the debt, but it was not recorded in the public records....more

The Demise of Deficiency Judgments in Residential Loans

Among the many changes in the financial services industry, two important events occurred this year that effectively signaled the extinction of deficiency judgments in loans secured by residential property. ...more

Senate Banking Committee Continues Examination of Housing Finance Reform

Yesterday, the Senate Banking Committee continued its examination of housing finance reform with a hearing entitled “Essentials of a Functioning Housing Finance System for Consumers.” The witnesses were: Mr. Eric Stein,...more

Arizona’s Broad Anti-Deficiency Protection Confirmed

The non-judicial foreclosure process affords banks and lenders a relatively “cheap” means of executing on their collateral in the event of a borrower’s defaults. That cheaper process comes at a price, however. Arizona has a...more

U.K. FCA Proposes Consumer Credit Regulatory Regime, New Payday Lending Rules

On October 3, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) proposed a framework for its regulation of consumer credit when those authorities transfer to the FCA from the Office of Fair Trading on April 1, 2014. As part of the...more

California Appellate Court Holds Lender Failed to Follow HAMP Procedures

The California Court of Appeal reversed a lower’s court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by a borrower alleging that her lender breached an agreement to offer a permanent loan modification after she made all required payments under a...more

The Disclosure Duties Owed by Banks as Agents to Lenders

The Chancery Division recently handed down its judgment on a hedge fund law suit brought against an agent bank for failing to disclose certain information regarding the borrower’s declining financial health and the occurrence...more

ECOA Gets More Teeth in North Carolina

In one of my prior “Drive Thrus” in Community Banking Exellence, I reminded everyone that lenders can never require a spousal guaranty, but can request one. The North Carolina Court of Appeals brought that fact home recently...more

Court Says Refinancing Lender Can’t Get No Satisfaction When Paying Down Existing Lender’s HELOC

Loan servicers often receive payments on open-end home equity lines of credit (“HELOC”) that pay the balance down to $0. Sometimes that is because the borrower intends to pay off the loan through a refinancing or sale of the...more

Cognovit Provisions in Commercial Loan Documents: Enforceability Limited?

A recent Ohio Court of Appeals decision sheds some light on the enforcement of confession of judgment (“cognovit”) provisions in commercial loan documents. These provisions remain enforceable in a few states, including Ohio....more

Tips For Collecting What You Are Owed

1. Make sure you have what you need from the start - Take advantage of all information needed to collect at the time the loan is made / the services are provided etc. The borrower or customer wants/needs your money/services...more

Lender Prevails in Lawsuit Against Borrower Who Agreed to Remain Liable for Home Equity Loan After Short Sale

A lender who held a second deed of trust on real property agreed to a short sale of the property after the borrower agreed to remain obligated to repay the balance of the home equity loan. The court of appeal upheld the...more

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