Banking Misconduct Blog


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...

Wells Fargo’s “Scorched Earth” Bid to Dismiss Fraud Case

Wells Fargo is no stranger to claims that it engages in shady residential lending and foreclosure practices. We regularly investigate and prosecute commercial claims involving America’s 3rd largest lender. Their behavior on the commercial side is no better.
In June of 2015, Latasha...

Banks Put the Squeeze on Oil Companies

More bad news from the oil patch. Oil prices have been at historic lows since the summer of 2014. Although prices have rebounded a bit, prices are still well below the $65 per barrel benchmark that most companies need to be profitable. In recent months approximately 50 exploration and...


Small Banks and Punitive Damage Awards

In 1946, Jimmy Stewart starred in one of the great classic movies, It’s a Wonderful Life. His character was the head of a small local bank. 70 years later, that movie is still played every year at Christmas. One of the great scenes takes place in the bank’s board room. (I won’t...

KYC, Lender Liability & Daniel Roho Filho

Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo thought Daniel Fernandes Roho Filho was the perfect customer. He was rich and had lots of cash to deposit. Often banks turn a blind eye to the business activities of customers, especially when they believe them to be billionaires.
In 2009, the feds...