A California Court of Appeal recently found a bank liable to a judgment creditor under California’s Enforcement of Judgments Law for the bank’s registered agent’s mistake in misreading, and subsequently rejecting, a notice of levy. Although the bank itself did not have knowledge of the mistake, the Court held the bank responsible through principles of agency, rendering the bank liable for amounts that the account holder drained from the account when the levy should have been in effect.… Continue Reading
Last week, California Governor Newsom signed into law AB 539, which makes significant amendments to the California Financing Law (CFL), and SB 616, which creates a new exemption from levy for deposit account funds.
The Governor signed AB 539 on October 10. Most importantly, the CFL amendments limit the rate of interest that may be imposed on loans of $2,500 – $10,000 to 36% plus the federal funds rate (which is currently hovering around 2%) per annum.… Continue Reading