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LIS PENDENS IN OHIO Tips for Leasehold Mortgagees and Other SNDA Beneficiaries

Ohio’s lis pendens statute is maddeningly simple. Ohio Revised Code section 2703.26’s two sentences read:

When a complaint is filed, the action is pending so as to charge a third person with notice of its pendency. While pending, no interest can be acquired by third persons in the subject of the action, as against the plaintiff's title. Read More ›

Ohio's Data Protection Act: An Opportunity for Financial Institutions That Operate in Ohio

Good news! The Ohio legislature has offered financial institutions some legal protections in the form of the Ohio Data Protection Act (the “Act”). However, you must be proactive. It will be good for your business and may help in future litigation. Read More ›

Agreed, Not Unauthorized and yet Unenforceable

Students in the USA are taught that we have three branches of government; executive, legislative and judicial.  Young students are taught that the legislature makes laws, the executive enforces laws and the judicial branch of government interprets laws.  Lawyers know the system is not that simple. Read More ›

Update and Expansion: Appeals in a Foreclosure Case, an Empty Right in Ohio?

A few months ago, I posted a blog article questioning the true economic viability of appellate opportunities of a putative junior lien creditor in Ohio foreclosure cases. In that post, I speculated on the situation that might be faced by an appealing mortgagor if it wanted to appeal from a trial court order granting a decree of foreclosure and directing a sale of the liened property. A new decision addresses that fact pattern. Read More ›

What a Collection Lawyer Should Know About a Client’s Information Management Systems

A collection litigator’s communications with the client include receiving and seeking information. That work is facilitated if counsel has a basic understanding of the lender’s information management systems. Experienced litigators adapt their client communications and court filings to obtain and use the information lender clients can reasonably provide. Understanding the lender’s information management systems also enables counsel to avoid onerous information requests to clients.   Read More ›

Cryptocurrency or a Security? Only the Jury Knows for Sure

As anyone launching an initial coin offering (ICO), token-generation event or whatever else they want to call it knows well—whether a token offering is a security or a cryptocurrency is a hot topic. The SEC seems to indicate many tokens are securities, while FinCEN says cryptocurrencies. Until recently, few courts have had the opportunity to weigh in on the matter. But on September 11, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, in United States v. Zaslavskiy, issued a Memorandum & Order (the "Order") on the defendant’s motion to dismiss. Read More ›

Planning Commercial Collection Litigation: A Primer

Consider the common commercial loan collection situation: a business debt collateralized by relatively permanent collateral (real property or durable non-mobile equipment such as a printing press) and transient collateral (inventory, accounts receivable and cash).[1] Frequently, there is also potentially recoverable unsecured debt because the collateral is insufficient to pay the entire debt and (a) the collateral does not include all the borrower’s assets so it is possible to collect the unsecured debt from the borrower, and/or (b) there are unsecured guarantees[2] supporting the credit. What is counsel to do when the time[3] arrives to plan litigation? Read More ›

Bankers, Bitcoins And the Bank Secrecy Act - A Webinar about Business Opportunities & Risks

SAVE THE DATE: August 28, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. EST

The growing importance of blockchain businesses, and particularly crypto currencies, is undeniable. Like every other important disruptive technology, think of the internet for example, there will be winners and losers among the early adopters, and serious business opportunities for “traditional” banks open to serving participants in the space. To be successful, it will be essential for crypto businesses to find financial institutions to serve their banking needs, such as the deposit of fiat money, the transfer of payments from customer and to creditors and suppliers, and potentially lending needs. But for now, while most bankers are interested, they are also worried about banking this industry of tomorrow. However, as the banking industry has proven over its long history, bankers will master the risks and rewards of servicing this new industry, and in doing so will come the capture of new sources of fee income and loan revenue. Read More ›

Ohio Enacts Law Acknowledging Blockchain Transactions and Granting Safe Harbor Protections to Eligible Businesses from Data Breach Claims

On Friday, August 3, Governor Kasich signed Ohio Senate Bill 220, which acknowledges for the first time the legitimacy of blockchain transactions as enforceable electronic transactions and creates an affirmative defense to tort actions against eligible businesses for claims relating to data breaches. The law goes into effect in 90 days. Read More ›

A Thoughtful Bankruptcy Lawyer’s Opportunity to Anticipate

A lawyer’s usual task is to help solve the client’s current problem: resolve a dispute; close a loan; obtain a permit; avoid a conviction; etc. Lawyers are so task oriented that some consultants advise us to have task specific engagement understandings and send dis-engagement letters when a task is complete. For bankruptcy lawyers representing individuals in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the task at hand is getting clients to and through a confirmed Chapter 13 plan with the promised debt relief and fresh start. Read More ›

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Attorney Spotlight

Courtney Rogers Perrin practices in the Nashville office as a member of the Firm’s Electronic Payments and Blockchain practice groups. She assists clients with regulatory compliance, contract negotiations, acquisitions and fund formation relating to credit card processing and fintech enterprises, including smart contracts and virtual currency matters.

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