Banking Misconduct Blog


RICO Claims Must Cover 12 Months of Activity

Appeals Court Rules that Illegal Activity Must Continue at Least One Year to Establish Racketeering  
How long must illegal behavior continue before it becomes racketeering? A federal appeals court in Philadelphia recently answered that question in an alleged Ponzi scheme...

Oral Loan Commitments - What Happened to the Handshake?

Bankers operate in their own world. They are often quick to promise a loan or to renew a loan, but if that promise isn’t chiseled in stone, banks are often the first to renege or add additional conditions at closing. Much of the existing case law deals with contract interpretation and the...

New Hope for California Homeowners - HAMP LOAN MODIFICATION POST

The housing and banking crisis of 2008 is long over. It’s been a decade since many homeowners woke up to find themselves underwater and owing the banks hundreds of thousands of dollars more than their house was worth. For others, it was worse. They woke up to no job and no ability to get...

Banking Disgrace? BBVA Compass Bank’s Treatment of Wounded Vets

Michael Masters is a true American hero. An Army soldier who served during the Gulf War, Michael is a 100% disabled veteran. Like many wounded warriors, he found it difficult to assimilate back into civilian life. Today he is homeless and struggling to get back on his feet.
Michael survives...


Independence Day, Bank of America, and Financial Tyranny (HAMP Post)

Topics:
-Bank of America Accused of Stealing Homes -Fighting Back Against Banks -The Truth about HAMP Modifications  Today is July 4th and in thousands of communities, people will celebrate our independence with fireworks tonight. Independence from tyranny and a privileged ruling...

FDIC Closes Guaranty Bank – What Does This Mean for Customers?

After years of losses and weak financials, the FDIC swooped in last night and closed Guaranty Bank. With over $1 billion in deposits and 119 branches scattered across 5 states, thousands of depositors and borrowers are wondering, “what happens next”?
 
As lender...

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...

Can Banks Demand New Loan Guaranties after Bankruptcy?

A ruling by federal bankruptcy judge in North Carolina makes it more difficult for banks to force debtors to sign a new personal guaranty after discharge in bankruptcy. The decision could have wide ranging implications and help borrowers.
 
In re Schwarz  
Dr. Karl...