Banking Misconduct Blog


Mall Says It Didn’t Default on Wells Fargo Loan (False Default)

Mall Says It Didn’t Default on Wells Fargo Loan (False Default)

We have represented many shopping centers, office parks and hotels. In recent times, many have missed payments because of the pandemic. While courts are usually sympathetic to borrowers who are struggling because of low occupancy or tenants that won’t pay, defending a monetary default case is...

LNR Partners... Coronavirus Scrooge Award

LNR Partners... Coronavirus Scrooge Award

Yesterday Goldman Sachs predicted America’s GDP for the 2nd quarter would plunge a breathtaking 24%. Previously, the largest drop in U.S. history occurred in 1958. That was just 10%. Despite all the doom and gloom, both the government and private sector are working together to keep businesses...

Ocwen’s Many Evils - Systematic Abuse of Struggling Homeowners

Last April, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a lawsuit against Ocwen and its subsidiaries for “failing borrowers at every stage of the mortgage servicing process.” The CFPB’s statement claimed that “Ocwen’s years of widespread errors, shortcuts, and...

Is Your Bank Unsafe? (Lender Liability Post)

Between 1990 and today, some 8500 banks have disappeared. (Since the banking crisis in 2008, 525 banks have closed by regulators according to problembanklist.com) In most instances, FDIC insurance will protect deposits. The real harm often comes to commercial borrowers.

Danger Faced...

Judge Accuses Bank of America of "Battle-Fatigued Demoralization"

A federal judge in Sacramento, California has given Bank of America a lesson in corporate responsibility. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein sanctioned America's "Too Big to Care" banking giant up to $46 million for causing severe emotional distress to a California couple facing foreclosure. In the...

Non Payment Defaults in the Energy Service Sector

With a record number of defaults in the oil and gas sector, banks and other lenders are pulling back on loans and credit lines. And not just to the oil and gas companies. The entire energy sector is feeling the pain including oil field service companies. Typically banks won’t call a loan...

Manipulating Collateral Value to Force Default

Here is a dirty trick sometimes used by banks; manipulate the value of collateral to force a default, obtain more collateral or both. In many commercial loans, lenders require a borrower to maintain a certain value of collateral to secure their loan. Sometimes an unscrupulous bank will artificially...

Suing Banks – Bad Faith Default Leads to Big Win Against GMAC

This case is one from the archives but the principles and law behind the decision are still valid today. In 2009, a Philadelphia jury awarded Donald Mente and his new and used car dealership, Mente Chevrolet, $4 million after finding that GMAC had used thinly disguised pretexts to declare the...