Upcoming Live Webinar

Repossessions: California's Special Rules
November 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. PST (11 MST, 12 CST, 1 EST)
Estimated Duration: 90 to 120 minutes

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California is "different" in many ways; some good, some not so much. Nowhere is this more true than in its laws—and its repossession laws are a good example of that. Because of those repossession laws, California continues to have more repossession-related class action lawsuits than any other state.

For example, California has its own variation of the Uniform Commercial Code, which differs significantly from the UCC adopted in other states. As a result, someone familiar with the UCC in Oregon or Arizona, or someone who took general repossession training that was not California-specific, could make significant errors if he or she handled a repossession in California and didn't know how that state's law is different.

To complicate matters, California has an entirely separate and very complex set of repossession rules that sometimes supplement and sometimes even contradict its Uniform Commercial Code! These rules are found in a different place in California law, so a financial institution or attorney from out of state would be likely to miss it without extensive research.

If that isn't enough, California courts have interpreted California's repossession-related laws in surprising ways. As a result, someone could carefully read California's laws and still make errors that lead to losses through litigation.

Lenders who make automobile-secured loans in California, who repossess automobiles in California, or who sue for deficiency balances in California need to know California's unique rules.

Attorney Eric North has represented and taught financial institutions with respect to California's unique repossession laws for more than 35 years and is the author of the California Repossessions Law and Procedures Guide and related forms used by many creditors. During this program, Eric will talk with participants about—


NOTE: This program will focus on how California laws differ from those used in the rest of the country, and will assume participants have a general understanding of basic repossession laws. To help those who would like a refresher on general repossession law, the previously-recorded webinar Repossessing Motor Vehicles, Part I: What to Know and Do Before You Pick Up the Collateral and the webinar Repossessing Motor Vehicles, Part II: After the Repossession will be on sale for $100 each (usually $190) through November 30. To take advantage of this, email mary@northlegal.com.

REGISTRATION PROBLEMS? We've been having some technical problems with online registration for this event that our long-time service provider has not been able to resolve. At this point, online registrations and payments are being properly processed, but the Webex system still generates an error message. Of course, it also generates an error message if a true error occurs, so it's hard to tell which is which!

If, after registering, you receive a confirmation email within 30 minutes, you are registered and you may disregard the error message. If you do not receive a confirmation email, you may try again or contact our office at 623.637.7150.

NOTE: This program is intended only for employees of consumer lending institutions. Please contact NorthLegal Training and Publications to obtain approval before registering if you are not an employee of a consumer lending institution.

Until the program begins, the fee to attend is $175.00 if paid by credit card or $185.00 if paid by check. For that fee, you and others from your financial institution may view the live program (from one computer) AND the archived program as often as you like for a period of 180 days.

After the live program has ended, the fee to register for and watch the archived program will be $190.00

Handout Materials
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Speaker: Eric North

Eric North, the primary speaker at the programs listed on this site, has represented the interests of credit unions and other financial institutions as an attorney with respect to litigation, compliance, governance, bankruptcy and collections matters since 1984. Eric has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the State of California, and has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Eric is also a nationally recognized speaker on legal issues relating to consumer lending institutions, and has presented hundreds of programs on behalf of national, state and local leagues and associations from around the country.

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