Banking Misconduct Blog


“Retail Apocalypse?” Words CMBS Borrowers Fear

It is a dangerous world right now for CMBS financed real estate investors. 2017 is expected to bring in a record number of defaults. Much of those defaults are simply the result of bad timing. Loans financed at the height of the real estate market in 2007 are coming due today. (Most CMBS borrowers...

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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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”?
 
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Retail Sees High CMBS Default Rates

Mortgage Daily reported this week that the rate of late payments on securitized commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) funded loans rose yet again. The record number of balloon payments coming do this year means defaults will likely continue throughout the year. In fact, the fear of a major...

CMBS for Novice Investors

Understanding Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) can be a daunting task for the novice investor. As lender liability lawyers, we grapple with complex loan arrangements daily. We understand the jargon, the many different players in a CMBS transaction and how all the pieces fit together....

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...

CMBS Delinquencies Increase – What Can Borrowers Do?

January 2017 was another bad month for CMBS delinquencies. The percentage of loans financed with commercial mortgage backed securities that are now considered delinquent once again creeped over 3.00%. According to the trade publication Mortgage Daily, the long term outlook is even...

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.
 
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Unauthorized Fund Transfers (Bank Wire Fraud)

This is every consumer’s and business owner’s worst nightmare. One morning you open your email and see that large numbers of checks are bouncing. “That’s odd,” you think. There should be plenty of money in your account. Even though you know that there is money in your...