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California Creates Exemption from Finance Lenders Law for Certain Nonprofits

The state of California amended its Finance Lenders Law in an effort to help individuals obtain access to affordable, credit-building small dollar loans. The new law makes exempt from Finance Lenders Law a nonprofit...more

Equity Cure Rights in Loan Agreements

The purpose of each of our client memos is to highlight for the reader developments in the middle-market lending space that we have observed over the course of our practice. While each deal is different, over time certain...more

Usury in Florida: Are Late Fees Usurious?

When borrowers default under the terms of their loans, lenders often, in accordance with the loan documents, can assess late fees against the borrower. When lenders assess late fees around the time of or after a loan matures...more

Equity Begets Flexibility: Valuing a Secured Creditor’s Claim in Bankruptcy and Allocating Post-Petition Interest

The First Circuit Court of Appeals in In re SW Boston Hotel Venture, LLC, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6768 (1st Cir. Apr. 11, 2014) recently ruled on a number of issues critical to valuing a secured claim in bankruptcy....more

Louisiana Expands Collection Of Data From Licensed Consumer Lenders

On May 28, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed SB 241, which expands the information and data the Commissioner of Financial Institutions can collect from licensed non-mortgage consumer lenders. Effective August 1, 2014,...more

Lenders More Likely to Make Jumbo Loans

As we continue to distance ourselves from the advent of the real estate downturn, residential mortgage loan lenders seem to be increasingly willing to explore ways to loan money outside of the “qualified mortgage” arena. For...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

Fannie Mae Updates Numerous Selling Policies

On May 27, Fannie Mae announced in Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2014-06 numerous selling policy updates. The announcement includes changes to Fannie Mae policies related to cash-out refinance transactions...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB): The New Federal Landscape For Lenders and Servicers

Following the recession and financial crisis of the late 2000s, the “Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection”—commonly known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)—was created. Aimed at promoting “fairness and...more

Arizona Adjusts Allowable Loan Fees, Finance Charge Structure

On April 17, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2526, which amends certain permissible practices and limitations governing consumer lenders, which include lenders who make closed end or revolving consumer loans under...more

Maryland Changes Rules for Enforcement of Rights and Remedies Under Loan Documents Secured by Residential Property

The Maryland General Assembly has enacted legislation (House Bill 274/Senate Bill 708) that significantly impacts secured lenders’ rights to enforce financing documents secured by residential property. The legislation --...more

Revised LMA Standard Terms And Conditions For Par And Distressed Trade Transactions (Bank Debt/Claims) – ‘The Plainer English...

Background - The Loan Market Association (“LMA”) recently produced a revised version of the LMA Standard Terms and Conditions for Par and Distressed Trade Transactions (Bank Debt/Claims) (the “Revised Terms and...more

Courts Tackle Meaning of “May” Under the Finance Lenders Law

Section 22340(a) of the California Financial Code provides that a licensee “may sell promissory notes . . . to institutional investors.” Does this mean that a licensee may only sell promissory notes to institutional...more

Utah Court of Appeals Limits Third-Party Beneficiary Contract Claims Against Appraisers, but Recognizes Tort Based Third-Party...

In Lilley v. JPMorgan Chase, et al, 748 UT Adv. Rpt. 48, 213 Utah App. 285, Nov. 20, 2013, the Utah Court of Appeals affirmed an order of the District Court dismissing the Plaintiffs’ breach of contract action against an...more

New Loans: Harder to Make, Easier to Keep?

The new CFPB mortgage rules are tough on lenders, beginning with the loan application process. In order to issue a mortgage, lenders must collect information about income and assets, employment status, credit history, monthly...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

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

Lenders Versus Mechanics’ Liens in West Virginia: A Question of Priorities

Finally! After days, weeks, sometimes even months of waiting, you as the lending officer received approval from corporate that underwriting has just approved your borrower and you can proceed with the term sheet. Time to put...more

Lenders Beware! Seller Subordination Agreement Ahead Lenders Beware! Seller Subordination Agreement Ahead

In Citizens Business Bank v. Gevorgian (2013) 218 Cal.App.4th 602, the Court declined to enforce a subordination agreement, where modifications to the underlying loan accomplished through a “side letter” to the construction...more

Oklahoma Issues Guidance on New Mortgage Lender License

The State of Oklahoma provided guidance regarding implementation of a recent amendment to its Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act (Oklahoma SAFE Act)....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

The Anti-Deficiency Protections of Code of Civil Procedure Section 580b Apply to “Short Sales” Approved by Lenders

A California Court of Appeal recently addressed the issue of whether the anti-deficiency protections of Code of Civil Procedure (“CCP”) section 580b applied after a borrower, with her lender’s approval, sold her residence in...more

Fannie Mae Announces Lender Quality Control Requirements, Other Selling Guide Updates

On July 30, Fannie Mae announced in Selling Guide Announcement SEL-2013-05 significant revisions to its Lender Quality Control Requirements, including specific requirements related to lender’s ongoing quality control (QC)...more

The Impact of Costello v. Grundon: Margin Rules and the Enforceability of Loan Documents in Financing Transactions

A recent decision of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has significant implications for lenders in commercial loan transactions and for law firms that give legal opinions about the enforceability of loan documents....more

Keeping it simple – the Unitranche demystified

One of the main exam strategies available to the struggling pupil is to pepper an essay with long words, giving complex names to simple ideas. Are you proposing to consider both sides of an argument, or are you viewing the...more

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