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Tenants Beware – The Ninth Circuit Has Ruled That The Bankruptcy Code Can Be Used By A Landlord To Strip A Tenant’s Right To...

Just last month, the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Matter of Spanish Peak Holding II, LLC, that is potentially devastating to a tenant that leases property from a landlord that files for bankruptcy relief....more

Reaping Wild Oats – Creative Strategies Employing the Concepts of Chapter 12 of the Bankruptcy Code for Handling Distressed...

Handling distressed agricultural loans can be very tricky. Loan balances for agricultural loans are typically smaller than nonagricultural commercial real property secured loans, requiring that they be handled extremely cost...more

What is in A Name Redux – Recent Case Law Interpreting the Requirement for Correctly Stating the Name of an Individual Debtor...

In perhaps one of the first decisions applying the recent amendment to Uniform Commercial Code Section 9-503 regarding the correct name for an individual to be used on a UCC-1 financing statement, an Indiana Bankruptcy Court...more

Watch Out Commercial Real Property Lenders – Appointment of a Receiver is not a Slam Dunk

The law is always changing. Sometimes changes in the law result from new cases or new statutes. However, sometimes the law changes in reaction to the mood of the country. At present, I believe that that the law may be...more

Imperfect!!! – Recordation Alone May Not Be Suficient To Perfect Deeds Under California Law

Once a lender records a deed of trust, isn’t that sufficient under California law to perfect the deed against a Chapter 7 trustee’s attempt to set it aside? Based on the recent bankruptcy court decision of In re Nowlin, the...more

Slam on the Slam – A California Court Further Limits the Sham Guaranty Defense

There has been much recent California case law regarding the sham guaranty defense and for good reason – success for a guarantor on this defense can eliminate a lender’s recovery of a deficiency against a guarantor of a...more

Wanna Fight? Illinois District Court Refuses To Grant Summary Judgment To Lender On Bad Boy Provision In Guarantee Agreement

In the case of Wells Fargo Bank N.A. v. RLJ Lodging Trust, an Illinois district court denied a lender’s motion for summary judgment seeking to enforce a bad boy carve-out provision in a guaranty agreement providing for full...more

Careful Who You Trust. A Lender Can Be Liable For The Negligence And Misrepresentations Of Its Loan Servicers, Even Absent Any...

In the recent case of Daniels v. Select Portfolio Serving, Inc., the California Court of Appeal has held that a lender may be liable for the negligence and misrepresentations of the lender’s servicer, without any contractual...more

The Case of the Vanishing Guaranty—Issues Facing Commercial Real Property Lenders Regarding Revocable Trust Borrowers

I have recently received numerous questions from commercial lender clients regarding structuring and enforcing commercial real property loans involving revocable trusts. Their concerns have largely centered on how to...more

Great News for Lenders—A Recent Decision Further Limits the Sham Guaranty Defense

Recently, and shortly after my visit to several lender clients to make presentations regarding, among other topics, the enforceability of commercial guaranty agreements and the sham guaranty defense, the California Court of...more

CONGRATULATIONS YOU NOW OWN THE LOAN! – CAN YOU ENFORCE IT?: A Recent Florida Court’s Potentially Huge Impact on Buyers of...

Perhaps nothing can be as frustrating for a purchaser of a commercial loan than being prohibited in court from enforcing the loan. It is well established law in both federal and state courts in California and throughout most...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

Medical Marijuana Update—More Confusion by the Federal Government

In my post of June of last year, I wrote about the dangers that commercial lenders may face should they provide financing to borrowers who lease to medical marijuana dispensaries real property that is pledged as collateral...more

Thoughts for Commercial Lending in 2015 and Beyond; Upcoming Changes and How Best to Prepare for Them

During the past year I have been asked many questions from clients concerning commercial lending, ranging from loan production issues to bankruptcy concerns and loan enforcement matters. In this blog I have tried to address...more

Lenders Beware - A Technical Violation of the One Form of Action Found to Bar Lender’s Recovery (The First California Bank v....

In a very recent decision, First California Bank v. McDonald, 2014 WL 5408418 (Cal. App.) (October 24, 2014), a California appellate court has determined that a lender’s consent from only one of its two borrowers to the...more

11/3/2014  /  Banks , Deficiency Judgments , Lenders , Loans

What’s in a Name? Changes to Article 9 of the California Uniform Commercial Code

As you are probably aware, the latest revisions to Article 9 of the California Commercial Code became effective on July 1, 2014. Rather than providing an exhaustive list of all of the revisions to Article 9 of the California...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Commercial Real Property Lenders—What is the Dope?

Numerous articles have been published about medical marijuana dispensaries. In fact, I read in an article last week that a bipartisan coalition of members of the House of Representatives recently voted to restrict the Drug...more

New Energy Benchmarking Law for California Borrowers

In the increasingly competitive lending market, how does a lender separate itself from the herd? By informing borrowers about new mandatory disclosure regulations and potentially saving them money in complying with such...more

The Fisker Decision – Possible Far Reaching Implications for Buyers of Distressed Debt

Buyers and sellers of distressed debt should be aware of the recent decision in the Fisker bankruptcy case, In re Fisker Automotive Holdings, Inc., 2014 WL 210593 (Bankr. D. Del.), which drastically limited the right of a...more

Update of California Statutory Law – The California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act – Lenders and Borrowers Beware

The California legislature recently enacted the California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act which made some important changes to existing California law affecting both lenders and limited liability company...more

Changes in the California Legal Environment for Commercial Lenders and the Dangers of “Extending and Pretending” in Dealing with...

I have recently reviewed several articles about the recent trial court decision of Zigner v. Pacific Mercantile Bank, Orange County Case No. 30-2010-00337433 (filed in January 2010). Our firm did not represent any party in...more

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