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Lopresti v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey
88 A.3d 944 (2014)


Facts

Body Max, a fitness corporation, obtained a mortgage from First Union. Salvatore Lopresti (plaintiff), the president of Body Max, was the personal guarantor of the loan. Lopresti put up his residence as collateral. The promissory note stated that there would be a one percent prepayment penalty if any of the loan was repaid before it was due. The loan funds were deposited directly into Body Max’s corporate account. Body Max refinanced the loan through TD Bank Commercial Lending (TD Bank) and obtained a payoff amount from First Union’s successor, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (Wells Fargo) (defendant). TD Bank paid off the Wells Fargo loan directly, including the prepayment penalty. Lopresti brought suit against Wells Fargo claiming a violation of New Jersey’s law against prepayment penalties. The law prohibited charging a mortgagor a prepayment penalty where a mortgagor was defined as “any person other than a corporation.” The trial court granted Wells Fargo summary judgment on the ground that Lopresti did not have standing. Lopresti appealed.

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