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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

Rogers Towers: Usury in Florida: The Limited Application of the Savings Clause

A usury savings clause is a provision in a loan document that attempts to negate any other provisions therein that might result in the extraction of an illegal interest rate....more

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Sponsors Small-Dollar Credit Conference

On July 11-12, 2013, DWT partner Andy Owens attended a conference organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (Federal Reserve) entitled Small-Dollar Credit: Products, Economics, and Regulation....more

Read the Fine Print! Restrictions in a Power of Attorney May Invalidate Loan Documents

On November 6, 2012, the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled in a unanimous decision that several commercial guaranties were invalid when signed by an attorney in fact, pursuant to a power of attorney which contained a...more

Alabama Legislature Passes Bill Protecting Lenders’ Rights When Redeeming Property

Before concluding its legislative session, the Alabama Legislature passed a bill that provides a lender additional protection when a lender is forced to redeem property due to its borrower’s failure to pay property taxes on...more

Energy Law Insight: Twist In The Tale Of The Term B Loan

The institutional debt market for energy projects is fired up, particularly for Term B Loan refinancing....more

DC Circuit Invalidates Mortgage Loan Officer “Administrator Interpretation” Because Department of Labor Failed to Comply With...

On March 24, 2010, the United States Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division (“WHD”) issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” declaring that employees who perform the typical job duties of a mortgage loan officer do not...more

Uncertainty Remains Under CFPB's Proposed Changes to Prohibition on Financing Credit Insurance Premiums

The CFPB has proposed changes to the Regulation Z prohibition on financing credit insurance premiums (Section 1026.36(i)) as part of several new proposed amendments to the mortgage rules it adopted in January 2013....more

South Carolina Supreme Court: Lenders Modifying Loans Do Not Engage in Unauthorized Law Practice

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently ruled that lender loan modifications do not constitute the unauthorized practice of law....more

When Almost Is Not Good Enough

Where I went to school anything between a 90% and 100% was an “A.” Yes, there were gradations and curves. Maybe anything between a 90 and 93 was an A-. But I had to fall well below a 90 before my parents severely criticized...more

CFPB “brain drain” continues

The CFPB’s leadership ‘brain drain” seems to be continuing, with Politico reporting that Richard Hackett, the Bureau’s Assistant Director for installment and liquidity lending markets, is planning to leave the CFPB later this...more

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