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As Businesses Re-open, Congress Mulls Shielding Them From Liability

Talk of a broader “re-opening” of the economy has led to a fierce debate in Congress about whether it would be advisable to include, as part of a new COVID-19 legislative relief package, provisions creating certain immunities from potential liability for businesses that re-open. Specifically, some U.S. senators want to insulate companies from liability for … Continue Reading

Florida Foreclosures Continue To Be Suspended

On May 14, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-121, extending his April 2, 2020 Executive Order 20-94 suspending all foreclosure actions through June 2, 2020. While the preamble to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order makes clear that the purpose is to provide temporary relief to Floridians with single-family mortgages, the Executive Order … Continue Reading

Government-Mandated Closures, Direct Physical Loss, and the Explosion of Litigation Seeking Business Interruption Insurance Coverage

On April 20, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis laid out an ambitious plan to dramatically reduce the restrictions on personal movement and business operations created by last month’s “Stay-at-Home” Order.[1] Dubbed the “Safer-at-Home” Order, this modification (and others like it in various other states) provided a glimmer of hope to citizens who have been largely … Continue Reading

Lawsuits Allege Preferential or Self-Serving Disbursement of PPP Funds by Major Banks

In response to the severe economic disruptions caused by COVID-19, Congress took unprecedented fiscal steps to inject liquidity into the economy. One of Congress’ most significant actions was the CARES Act, which included the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), providing forgivable loans to businesses to cover payroll expenses.[1] However, the program ran out of money … Continue Reading

A Resurgence of Residential Mortgage Repurchase Claims on the Horizon

A surge in repurchase claims against mortgage originators may be imminent as aggregators and servicers face nonpayment of debt obligations and liquidity shortfalls resulting from an increase in residential mortgage loans put in forbearance. In the coming weeks, it is likely that an unprecedented number of borrowers will avail themselves of mortgage relief provided under … Continue Reading

Residential Mortgage Originators Facing Increasing Pressures In the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Mortgage loan brokers, correspondents and loan originators (“Originators”) who survived (or, in many cases, are still dealing with) the onslaught of “repurchase/indemnification” claims asserted by loan aggregators and government-sponsored entities (GSEs) (collectively, “Investors”) following the Great Recession are particularly well acquainted with Investors shifting the risk of a loss to the Originators of mortgage loans … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Sparks Rapid Rise in “Cancellation” and “Refund” Litigation

A proposed class action filed in federal court in California on April 20 demands refunds for all fans who purchased tickets to Major League Baseball (MLB) games that have been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The suit, filed against MLB and online ticket sellers StubHub, Ticketmaster, Live Nation, and Last Minute Transactions, may … Continue Reading

Hunter or Hunted? Mortgage Industry Players Should Consider Their Options

In the mortgage industry, as in many others, uncertainty abounds as companies attempt to adjust to the “current normal.” One thing residential mortgage loan originators and servicers believe is clear, however, is that they are being unfairly squeezed from several directions during this time of especially fragile economic conditions. Recent government actions, new legislative mandates, … Continue Reading

A Glut of “Opportunistic” Margin Calls: Are Creditors Moving Too Quickly to Seize Assets?

What can companies expect from their funding sources as COVID-19 does damage to the economy? In at least some instances, perhaps, opportunistic attempts by lenders to illegally take control of business assets. A real estate investment trust (REIT) in New York alleges in a new lawsuit that it has already fallen victim to that type … Continue Reading

Coronavirus and the Next Possible Financial Crisis: Corporate Debt

As the world grapples with the health threat posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the secondary threats of the coronavirus—including economic and financial consequences—have come into clear view. Markets in the United States and the broader world tanked last week, including the worst day for the Dow Jones Industrial Average since “Black Monday,” October 19, … Continue Reading
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