Banking Misconduct Blog


Lone Star Funds – Distressed Investors or Vultures?

Distressed investing is the politically correct term these days for buyers of distressed properties.  There will always be property owners that find themselves in over their heads. Sometimes their problems arise from unforeseen market events and at other times, it is just from being...

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.
 
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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...

Can I Sue My Bank for Not Providing Promised Refinancing

[Spoiler Alert – There is hope for borrowers fighting banks who failed to deliver on a promised refinancing.]
 
The failure of banks to deliver on a promised modification or refinancing is one of the most frequent complaints we hear from commercial borrowers. In the typical...

LENDER Sues Borrower for Deceptive Trade Practices

Most states have a Deceptive Trade Practices Act. These laws typically prohibit “unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices.” The first state to enact such a law was Massachusetts in 1967. Today just over half the states have enacted similar laws.
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JP Morgan Hit with Lender Liability Claim in Sale of Good Technology Inc.

Good Technology Inc. is a mobile security provider that is today owned by BlackBerry Limited. How BlackBerry acquired the company and the price they paid is at the heart of the controversy, a controversy involving lender liability and conflict of interest claims against JP Morgan Chase...

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...

Bank’s Bad Faith Means Lien Avoidance

Earlier this year, the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a major ruling against lenders. Although the case involved federal bankruptcy law, there is plenty for victims of bad banking behavior to celebrate. To put the case in context, some history is necessary.
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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...