Banking Misconduct Blog


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...

Can a Lender Use Customer’s Confidential Info for Lender’s Benefit?

Lender’s frequently obtain confidential information from customers. Anyone who has ever completed a loan application or sought commercial financing knows how much data banks want… assets, profit projections, valuations, trade secrets, key personnel, even information about intimate...

Bank of America Atty “Stonewalling”? - Lender Liability Post

The owners of a home taken by Bank of America have accused the bank and its lawyers of “stonewalling” efforts to prosecute the bank for wrongful foreclosure. Catarina and Alejandro Francisco claim that the bank’s lawyer improperly instructed a Bank of America employee to not...

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...