Matthew B. Ames

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Matt is a Partner in Balch & Bingham’s Atlanta, GA office.  He specializes in resolving business disputes and represents clients in a wide array of cases in state and federal courts. Matthew is an experienced trial lawyer whose practice includes all facets of business litigation. His specific areas of focus are financial services litigation, intellectual property, and shareholder disputes.

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In Raysoni v. Payless Auto Deals, LLC, et al., No. S13G1826 (Ga., November 17, 2014), a purchaser of a used vehicle alleged that Payless Auto Deals, LLC (“Payless”) and its salesman orally misrepresented that the vehicle had not been in an accident, when, in fact, it had previously sustained significant frame damage.  Before purchasing the vehicle, the purchaser had been told by a salesperson that nothing was wrong with the vehicle and was also presented…
On July 11, 2014, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued an important decision relating to foreclosure confirmations, cross-collateralization, and guaranties, Community Southern Bank v. DCB Investments, Inc., 2014 WL 3377172 (Ga. App. 2014).  While the decision included some potentially troubling language arguably expanding the “inextricably intertwined” doctrine, the Court ultimately found for the lender allowing pursuit of guaranties because of certain waiver language in the guarantees.  The decision bears close analysis, particularly for drafting of…
A surprising ruling by the Georgia Court of Appeals may relax Georgia law’s requirement that foreclosure sales must be confirmed by the courts before the lender can pursue a deficiency against a guarantor of the debt.  O.C.G.A. § 44-14-161 provides, in part, that: When any real estate is sold on foreclosure, without legal process, and under powers contained in security deeds, mortgages, or other lien contracts and at the sale the real estate does not…