A few days ago, I was speaking with some friends about the “cryptocurrency” called Bitcoin. We laughed about the bubble in the Bitcoin market (it gained 1200% on the US Dollar in the past six months), the perceived need for such a “currency” untethered from any nation or central bank, and whether Bitcoin would be subject to U.S. regulation in the near future. It was a good time. If you’re interested in investing in our new Bitcoin fund, let me know.
You’re a manufacturer. If you’re also a client of ours, I hope you’ve already taken our advice and disclaimed your implied warranties under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (e.g., that the product will be merchantable, fit for its intended purpose, etc.).
In prior Alerts we described appellate court decisions addressing challenges to the Missouri common law rule of basing the amount of loan deficiency after real estate foreclosure on the foreclosure price paid, regardless of the fair market value of the affected real property. Challengers have pressed for adoption of a rule that would establish the amount of deficiency as the difference between the unpaid loan obligation and the fair market value of the real property subject to the foreclosure sale. By statute that is the rule in several states, including Kansas.
The case of Simon v. FIA Card, Services, N.A., recently decided by the Third Circuit, demonstrates the potential for conflicts between the Bankruptcy Code and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) and emphasizes that banks should approach bankruptcy debtors with caution.
On November 12, 2013, the First Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its decision in VFC Partners 26, LLC v. Cadlerocks Centennial Drive, LLC, slip op. (1st Cir., 2013). This decision serves as a reminder that courts will look carefully at the words used in a loan agreement’s environmental indemnity provisions to decide whether or how they apply. If the actual wording chosen (likely many years earlier) does not fit the environmental costs sought to be indemnified, the party pursuing indemnity may be greatly disappointed.
Doug Weems reminds employers although litigation risks can be minimized, litigation is a fact of life in the United States.