Banking Misconduct Blog


Pre-Negotiation Agreements – Beware the Lurking Danger

Pre-Negotiation Agreements – Beware the Lurking Danger

Watch any reality cop show and you will likely hear the words, “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” Pre-Negotiation Agreements (often called PNAs) are much the same. Many unscrupulous lenders will stuff these agreements with one-sided waivers and clauses favoring the...

Springing Guaranties and Bad Boy Provisions

Springing Guaranties and Bad Boy Provisions

Banks want as much security as they can when they loan money. Conversely, borrowers want to avoid as much personal liability as possible. It is been that way since the beginning of banking.
 
One tool that has found favor in recent years is a “springing guaranty” or...

Wells Fargo Ordered to Face Claims Over Loan Fees

Wells Fargo Ordered to Face Claims Over Loan Fees

Wells Fargo is at it again, this time facing allegations that it improperly charged homeowners with erroneous fees. The bank sought to dismiss the case but a federal judge in Camden, New Jersey said the homeowners could proceed with their bad faith claims. Since the case was brought as a class...

Borrower Defaults, Sues Banks... and Wins!

We love when the underdog wins. Why? We are one of the very few lender liability law firms that only sue banks. Most lawyers that practice banking law represent the banks and not borrowers. Needless to say, borrowers are almost always the underdogs.
 
This is the story of a small...

Economic Duress (Another Tale of LNR Partners Wrongdoing)

Economic Duress (Another Tale of LNR Partners Wrongdoing)

We are not a fan of special servicers, especially LNR Partners and CWCapital. Somewhere along the way, both companies forgot their mission and began to be motivated by their own financial gain and not the well-being of their clients, the public or property owners.
 
Few property...


Wells Fargo Sanctioned for Illegal Fees

Bankruptcy is designed to provide a fresh start for honest but unfortunate debtors and to ensure creditors are treated fairly. A federal bankruptcy court judge in Manhattan recently ruled that Wells Fargo failed miserably in its treatment of several of its business clients. By taking money to...

Special Servicers – Do They Answer to Anyone? CMBS Post

Anyone commercial property owner facing a special servicer soon learns the deck is stacked. Many commercial loans today are securitized and packages into loan pools. These pools are sold to a trust that is owned by institutional investors. Unlike a bank that has offices and employees, a CMBS trust...

Fraud Alert: Having Trouble with Your Bank? Don’t Tweet!

We don’t often publish fraud warnings, social media is full of them already. This one comes to us from our friends in the U.K. and is certainly worth repeating.
 
Tweeting about Problems with Your Bank Makes You a Target for Fraudsters  
Think about it… you...

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...