Is Someone Who Makes No Loans, A Lender?

The California Finance Lenders Lawprohibits any "person" from engaging in the business of a "finance lender" without a license, unless otherwise exempt.  Cal. Fin. Code § 22100(a).   The CFL defines a "finance lender" as follows:

Court Ruling Deals Blow To DFPI's "True Lender" Theory

While the California Financing Law defines "finance lender", it does so in a very open-ended and nonspecific manner. Cal. Fin. Code § 22009 ("'Finance lender' includes any person who is engaged in the business of making consumer loans or making...

The Nebulous Meaning Of "Small Business" In New Ban On Commercial Loan Fees

Beginning in January, "covered entities" will be prohibited from charging specified fees in connection with a commercial financing transaction with a "small business" or "small business" owner.  Cal. Stat. ch. 881 (SB 666). Although relatively brief,...

Unlicensed Lender Parries Unfair Competition Claim

Yesterday's post concerned discussed Lagrisola v. North American Financial Corp., 2023 WL 7273708 (Nov. 3, 2023), in which the Court of Appeal held that a borrower had failed to plead a cause of action against an unlicensed lender under Section...

Court Of Appeal Finds No Private Right Of Action Against Unlicensed Lender

Section 22100 of the California Financial Code prohibits persons from engaging in the business of a finance lender or broker without obtaining a license from the California Commissioner of Financial Protection & Innovation. Section 22751 provides...

Whom Should The Law Protect - The Borrower/Issuer Or Lender/Purchaser?

The many California laws are intended to protect borrowers.  The California Financing Law, for example, provides that it is to be liberally construed to, among other things, "protect borrowers against unfair practices by some lenders, having due...

Characterization Of Litigation Funding Loan Proves Costly To Litigation Finance Lender

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Law Finance Group, LLC v. Key, 2023 WL 4168752.  The Court's opinion answers the question of whether the deadline for seeking vacatur of an arbitral award set forth in Section 1288.2 of...

Bill Would Prohibit Charging Certain Commercial Loan Fees To Small Businesses

California Senator Dave Min has authored an unfortunately numbered bill, SB 666, that would prohibit a "covered entity"  from charging the following fees to a small business in connection with a commercial financing transaction: 

California's Commercial Loan Disclosure Requirements May Be Unconstitutional And/Or Preempted

I have devoted several posts to a California commercial loan disclosure law that was enacted in 2018 - SB 1235 (Glazer). Although the bill became effective on January 1, 2019, lenders were not obligated to comply until the Department of Financial...

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