Ms. Hamilton-Conversano filed Chapter 7 without her husband. Other than the couple’s secured debts, Mr. Conversano had no debts of his own and Mrs. Hamilton-Conversano had one American Express card, with a balance of $46,669.52, which they had jointly used to pay for all household expenses.
In completing her Means Test, Ms. Hamilton-Conversant took a “marital adjustment” to her husband’s contribution to her Current Monthly Income including $417.86, for the full monthly cost of their child’s private school. The Bankruptcy Administrator argued in that the private school contribution, even though made by the non-filing spouse, was capped by statute at $160.42.… Read More
SunTrust denied the application for credit to purchase a boat made by the Trapps due to issues with Mr. Trapp’s Social Security number being linked to a deceased person. The Trapps brought suit under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C.A. §§ 1691 to 1691f.
While a party may have an actionable claim if he “ suffers a concrete informational injury where he is denied access to information required to be disclosed by statute, and he suffers, by being denied access to that information, the type of harm Congress sought to prevent by requiring disclosure” Dreher v. Experian Info.… Read More
RL Regi v. Lighthouse Cove- Waiver of Statutory Rights EnforceableSummary:
Regions Bank, the predecessor to RL Regi, providing commercial financing for real estate development for Lighthouse Cove, which was guaranteed by the individual business partners and their spouses, including Lionel L. Yow and his wife, defendant Connie S. Yow. After Lighthouse Cove defaulted, Connie Yow, among others, signed a forbearance agreement that included a waiver of claims against the lender. When the loan again went into default RL Regi sued and Connie Yow alleged violations of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (“ECOA”) as a defense.
The North Carolina Supreme Court held that “the agreement expressly releases the lender from ‘any and all claims, defenses and causes of action.” Reversing the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the opinion continued that while “ a contract which on its face involves illegal conduct will not be enforced”, there was nothing “facially illegal about this loan relationship in which a lender provided a loan upon certain conditions; moreover, parties routinely forego claims in settlement agreements.”
This opinion does recognizes that Connie Yow “acknowledged that she freely and voluntarily entered into the agreement ‘after an adequate opportunity and sufficient period of time to review, analyze, and discuss .… Read More