REGIONS BANK v. BRIC CONSTRUCTORS, LLC, F/K/A BRIC CONTRACTORS, LLC, AND PATRICIA MCINTOSH (Tenn. Ct. App. December 14, 2011)
This is an action to collect a debt and to recover collateral. The defendant LLC obtained a line of credit from the plaintiff bank. The LLC borrowed against the line of credit to purchase certain property, and the property was pledged as collateral. Several months later, the line of credit was converted into a fixed amount loan over a longer term, and a new security agreement was executed pledging the same collateral. On the same day, the LLC obtained another line of credit secured by the LLC's accounts receivable. The next day, the LLC took an advance on the new line of credit. The LLC made monthly payments on both obligations for almost a year, and then it defaulted.
The plaintiff bank filed this lawsuit against the LLC and its principal to collect on the loans and to recover the collateral. The LLC contended that the principal of the LLC did not sign key documents, did not authorize advances, and did not authorize the pledge of the collateral. After a bench trial, the trial court held in favor of the bank based on, among other things, its finding that the principal of the LLC had ratified any allegedly unauthorized advances made under the lines of credit. The defendants now appeal. We reverse the finding of ratification as to one advance and remand for further findings; in all other respects, the decision of the trial court is affirmed.
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UPDATE (4/2012): The opinion filed in this case on December 13, 2011, is withdrawn. The court has refiled the opinion with changes on pages 32-34 under the subheading “Forged Signatures."
The corrected opinion is available at: https://www.tba.org/sites/default/files/regionsbank_CORR_033012.pdf