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Forbearance Agreements With Any Relationship To Real Property

On March 4, 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court issued its decision in First Merit Bank v. Inks, 138 Ohio St.3d 384.  In this case, the court held that the statute of frauds prohibited both a claim and the assertion of a defense by guarantors who alleged an oral amendment of a written forbearance agreement.  That forbearance agreement came within the statute of frauds because in addition to settling the liability of the borrower and guarantors, it would have impacted the mortgage securing the debt – specifically by releasing that mortgage. Read More ›

The Blank Personal Guaranty: Just Asking for a Fight

John Williamson, a local bank vice president, meets with Ronnie Roma and Harry Levine about a $25,000 equipment loan for their closely-held business, Highland Farms, LLC.  After the initial conversation, Roma takes the lead on negotiating the loan.  Levine is unaware of the progress of things until Roma emails Levine a blank “Personal Guaranty” to sign so they can “do that loan we discussed with the bank.”  Because the loan is supposed to close the following day, Levine signs the guaranty that includes an obligation to guaranty all the debts of the “Debtor” to the bank, but the name of the “Debtor” is blank when he signs it and the document contains no reference to the specific transaction.  Levine emails a signed copy of the guaranty to Roma. Read More ›

COMMERCIAL LAW “BOOT CAMP” SUCCESSFUL AGAIN

Since 2005, we have offered a 2-day commercial lending training class to our lender clients as well as our newer associates.  This year, we were delighted to have 76 of our clients and friends attend this training on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5.  Read More ›

Sixth Circuit Clarifies The Duty of Investigation Required Under the FCRA

A hypothetical bank receives a complaint from a customer about a car loan.  According to the bank’s records, the complaining customer is a co-obligor on a car loan payable to the bank, along with his wife.  According to the customer, he is not a co-obligor, because he and his wife were separated when she bought the car, she forged his signature on the note, and she agreed to assume responsibility for the payments under their separation agreement.  When her failure to make the loan payments begins harming his credit, the customer disputes his status as a co-obligor, and the bank receives requests from several credit reporting agencies asking the bank to verify the loan.  The bank reports back that the customer is indeed a co-obligor and notifies the customer that, in order for the bank to investigate further, the customer must provide either a police report or fraud affidavit.  When the customer fails to do so, the bank declares the dispute a civil matter and ends its investigation.    Read More ›

Sales of Commercial Real Estate by Federal Court Receivers

            Commercial real estate foreclosures present a number of significant challenges to lenders, special servicers and their counsel that residential foreclosures do not.  But residential foreclosures make up the vast majority of state courts’ foreclosure dockets, so the court system – including Judges and Master Commissioners – is often unfamiliar of the challenges associated with commercial foreclosures.  This can result in delays, unnecessary expense and the associated frustration that invariably follows when a commercial real estate asset is tied up in Court.   Read More ›

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Christopher C. Tieke is an associate in Frost Brown Todd's Louisville office, focusing his practice on business litigation. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, with magna cum laude honors; served as an Associate Member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review; and participated in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic.

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