Promissory Notes

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District Court Issues Crucial Ruling on Pennsylvania's Recording Statute

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has held that the failure to create and record written instruments evidencing assignments of mortgages and transfers of promissory notes secured by mortgages on...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: September 2014 #1

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing: to establish a prima facie case for mortgage foreclosure, successor mortgagor must introduce evidence it was in possession of original note with blank endorsement at time...more

Bankruptcy Court Holds That Secured Creditors Can Be “Crammed Down” With Below-Market Rate Replacement Notes

On August 26, 2014, in the case In re MPM Silicones, LLC, Case No. 14-22503 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y.) (“Momentive”), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York held that secured creditors could be...more

Standing To Foreclose– Revisited

There have been several articles posted on this blog on the subject of standing – the legal right to enforce a promissory note and/or mortgage. This continues to be a popular issue for defense counsel to raise and, as a...more

Appellate Court Notes

AC35632- U.S. Bank, N.A. v. Foote - Second time is the charm. Defendant succeeded in getting plaintiff’s foreclosure action dismissed for lack of standing due to the inability of the witnesses to establish that the...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: June 2014 #1

Foreclosure/Surplus Funds: subordinate lienholder who failed to file claim to surplus funds with clerk within sixty days of foreclosure sale as required by section 45.031(7)(b), Florida Statutes (2010) not entitled to surplus...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

Plaintiff Has the Burden To Prove Its Right to Enforce the Note Even If It Is Not Challenged By the Defendant In Its Pleadings

The legal right to enforce, by judicial proceeding, a promissory note and mortgage is referred to as “standing”. This has been a hot topic in Florida foreclosure cases with courts holding that standing must exist when the...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

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

Florida Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal Of State Qui Tam FCA Lawsuit Alleging Failure To Pay Stamp Tax Upon Assignment

On November 21, the Florida First District Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a qui tam false claims act lawsuit against a lender, securitization trust, and MERS for the recovery of allegedly unpaid documentary stamp...more

Question Certified to the Florida Supreme Court: Can Lenders Cure Standing Defects?

Establishing standing—the legal basis of a plaintiff’s right to bring suit—to enforce a promissory note is a critical aspect of any foreclosure action. Florida case law requires that the party seeking to foreclose have...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending October 18, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – ILAN NIEUCHOWICZ - - Foreclosure: issue of fact concerning authenticity of “original” promissory note precluded summary judgment – AG Beaumont 1, LLC v LSREF2 Oreo, No. 2D12-5873 (Fla. 2d DCA...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 18 • October 10, 2013 (Global)

IN THIS ISSUE: - Discussion and Analysis - News from the Americas - News from Asia and the Pacific - News from Europe - Global Regulators - US Securities and Exchange Commission Developments - US Commodity...more

Rogers Towers: Enforcing a Lost Promissory Note

In Florida, it is well established that the original promissory note must be surrendered to the court as a condition of its enforcement. What do you do when you cannot find the original promissory note?...more

Show-Me-The-Note v. Split-the-Note: An Overview of Rulings from the Fifth Circuit Court of Texas

In the case of Ashley Martins v. BAC Home Loans Servicing, L.P. and Federal National Mortgage Association (No. 12-20559, 2013 WL 3213633), the Fifth Circuit Court of Texas was first asked to decide whether the...more

Rogers Towers: Documentary Stamp Tax on Renewal Loans – A Review of the Basics

With property values slowly increasing and borrowers beginning to see the light at the end of a long recession, the demand for renewal loans is slowly building. To that end, let’s briefly review a few of the key rules...more

Legal Alert: Holder of Deed Need Not Be Holder of Note to Foreclose, Georgia Supreme Court Rules

The Georgia Supreme Court held this week that the holder of a security deed need not also hold the underlying note to exercise the power of sale in accordance with the terms of the security deed. You v. JP Morgan Chase Bank,...more

Georgia's Long-Awaited Ruling Finds in Favor of Lenders

Today, the Georgia Supreme Court, in You v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. et al., S13Q0040, held that the assignee of a security deed can conduct a non-judicial foreclosure sale without holding or owning the underlying...more

Legal Alert: Tax Court Finds Indirect Prohibited Transaction in IRA

In Peek v. Commissioner (May 9, 2013), the U.S. Tax Court ruled that two taxpayers had engaged in an indirect “prohibited transaction” with their individual retirement accounts (IRAs) when they provided personal guarantees...more

Involuntary Bankruptcy Petitions Dismissed Where Alter Ego Status Was Disputed

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granted motions to dismiss involuntary Chapter 7 petitions filed against TPG Troy LLC and T3 Troy LLC (the Troy Entities). Petitioners filed numerous...more

Rogers Towers: Documentary Stamp Tax: a Quick Review of the Basics

Happy new year to our blog readers! In 2013, we are all hoping for an improved economy and, with it, an increase in the volume of commercial and consumer loans. Remember that Florida has certain transactional taxes for which...more

Commercial Division Denies Oral Modification and Grants Summary Judgment in Lieu of Complaint

In HCG Mezzanine Dev. Fund, L.P. v. Jreck Holdings, LLC, Index No. 652797/2011 (N.Y. Sup., N.Y. Cnty. Oct. 26, 2012), the New York Supreme Court (Kornreich, J.) granted Plaintiff HCG Mezzanine Development Fund, L.P.’s (HCG)...more

Nevada Rejects Literalist View on Some Lender and Trust Deed Holder Requirements for the Right to Enforce

Nevada’s Foreclosure Mediation Program (FMP), statutorily mandates mediation before a non-judicial foreclosure of an owner-occupied residence can proceed. It also encourages the judicial review of that mediation. It has been...more

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