UCC Financing Statements

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TRUE LEASE V. DISGUISED SECURITY INTEREST - The characterization of a transaction as either a true “lease” or a secured transaction is likely to impact the putative lessor’s rights and remedies both with respect to the...more

When a Driver’s License Is More Than a Bad Picture: Is Your UCC Financing Statement Still Effective?

UCC Financing Statements Must Contain the Debtor’s Correct Name - “[A] financing statement is sufficient only if it [among other things] . . . provides the name of the debtor. “ N.C. Gen. Stat. § 25-9-502(a)(1) (emphasis...more

Recent Developments Affecting UCC Filings in New Jersey

New laws and regulations affect the information that must be listed on a financing statement and require electronic filing of all financing statements. There have been two recent developments affecting Uniform Commercial...more

New York’s Revised UCC – Winds of Change (Part 2 of 2)

In this second and last part of this series (click here for Part 1) we discuss the changes to Article 9 (Secured Transactions) of the Uniform Commercial Code of the State of New York (the “NYUCC”), as recently amended by...more

Lender Beware: The Pitfalls of Narrowly Defined Secured Obligations

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit underscores the substantial risks secured lenders take when they narrowly define the obligations intended to be secured by their borrowers’...more

Manufactured Home Lien: Forget Perfection, You Need To Have A Lien In The First Place

Morris v. Ark Valley Credit Union (In re Gracy), 522 B.R. 686 (Bankr. D. Kan. 2015) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to avoid a credit union’s security interest in a manufactured home by asserting his strong arm powers as a...more

OMG! – A Simple Error in Preparing a UCC-3 Termination Statement May Result in the Loss of a $1.5 Billion Lien

The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a secured creditor’s $1.5 billion security interest was invalidated due to an error in the preparation of its UCC-3 termination statement. A disastrous result which...more

Second Circuit to Lenders: Get Your UCC Filings Right

On January 21, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an opinion regarding a mistaken UCC-3 termination statement that all loan market participants should consider carefully. The Second Circuit held...more

The GM Engine that Couldn’t: $1.5B Nail in JPMorgan’s Coffin

In our recent post, “Review Twice, File Once, Review Again; UCC-3 Termination Intent Irrelevant,”we described how the Delaware Supreme Court set forth how a secured party’s lien can be terminated without the requisite intent,...more

Second Circuit Rules Unintended UCC Termination Statement Was Authorized

When terminating a financing statement, it is necessary to be certain that other financing statements are not unintentionally released, according to an opinion last week of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The effect of...more

Erroneous UCC-3 Termination Leads to Disastrous Consequences

In a recent decision, a U.S. Court of Appeals held that the filing of a UCC-3 termination statement in a relatively simple payoff transaction between General Motors and a lender was still considered "authorized," despite the...more

Second Circuit: A Mistakenly Authorized UCC Termination Statement Is Effective to Terminate Original UCC Filing

On January 21, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit entered an opinion holding that an authorized UCC-3 termination statement is effective, for purposes of Delaware’s Uniform Commercial Code (the...more

Mistakes and Regrets: UCC Filing Error Terminates Security Interest

Action Item: When a secured loan is being paid off, lenders routinely authorize the borrower’s counsel to prepare and file UCC termination statements releasing the lender’s security interest in the borrower’s property. ...more

Mistakenly Filed UCC Termination Statement Results in Lender’s $1.5 Billion GM Bankruptcy Unsecured Loan

On October 20, 2014, we issued a Legal News Alert commenting on a decision of the Delaware Supreme Court, on certification from the Second Circuit, regarding the effect of a mistaken UCC-3 termination statement. The Delaware...more

A Cautionary Tale – The Need for Bank Oversight on Collateral Releases

Beware!! The story brought to us today courtesy of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (In re: Motor Liquidation Co., 13-2187) is one that should strike fear into the hearts of all bankers and lawyers. It is a cautionary tale...more

UCC Collateral Description: More May Not Be Better

Ring v. First Niagara Bank, N.A. (In re Sterling United, Inc.), 519 B.R. 586 (Bankr. W.D.N.Y. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought to recover as preferences payments made by the debtor to a lender and proceeds of...more

For the Canadian Cross-Border Finance Lawyer or Lender, A UCC Financing Statement Hypothetical with FAQs

As a U.S. finance lawyer practicing in Canada, Canadian lawyers and lenders frequently ask me about the filing of UCC financing statements. This blog entry describes a typical scenario and memorializes my answers to the...more

Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien Creditor in California May Have Priority Over Your Security Interest

A factor may receive notice from a judgment creditor that the judgment creditor holds a judgment lien on the accounts of the factor’s client, and be tempted to ignore the notice, since the judgment lien is later in time than...more

Delaware Supreme Court: A Mistakenly Authorized UCC Termination Statement is Effective to Terminate Original UCC Filing

On October 17, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court entered an opinion holding that a UCC-3 termination statement that is authorized by the secured party is effective to terminate the original UCC filing even though the secured...more

Legend Removal Requires Proper “Request To Register Transfer”

Removal of legends from restricted securities (i.e., securities issued without registration under the Securities Act of 1933) can be a tricky business for transfer agents, issuers and their counsel. Improperly removing...more

California Amends Uniform Commercial Code Article 9 Regarding Name of Individual Debtor on Financing Statements

The California Legislature passed, and Governor Brown signed, Assembly Bill No. 1858, which changes the way individual debtors are identified in Uniform Commercial Code financing statements. The bill brings California into...more

Sixth Circuit rules cows can be leased

Can you really lease a cow? - According to the Sixth Circuit, the answer is “yes.” Dairy cattle leasing is an increasingly popular method for producers to add to their herds while conserving capital for other purposes....more

UCC-3 Termination Statements: Can They be Trusted?

The holdings of two recent decisions from the Bankruptcy Courts of the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Southern District of New York, handed down within three days of each other in March, both affect the amount of...more

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