Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dragnet Clauses

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Dragnet clauses are agreements in lending documents that provide that the involved collateral will secure in addition to the involved debt, other pre-existing and after after acquired debt. They are often used in the consumer arena by credit unions.

Some courts in Florida have held that "dragnet clauses" are generally enforceable so long as the language of the clause is clear and unambiguous as to the parties intent to secure pre-existing and after acquired debt. Robert C. Roy Agency, Inc. v. Sun First National Bank of Palm Beach, 468 So.2d 399 (Fla. 4th DCA 1985). But the 4th District Court of Appeals has held that the dragnet clause would not be enforced against someone other than the borrower unless it specifically includes within its terms or unless it can be shown that the third party otherwise had notice that the specific pre-existing debt was to be included within the grasp of the dragnet clause. Starlines International Corp. v. Union Planters Bank, N.A., 976 So. 2d 1172 (2008).

Other Florida courts though hold that dragnet clauses are unenforceable to secure pre-existing debt unless the pre-existing debt is specifically identified in the dragnet clause of the mortgage and possibly also in the note. United National Bank v. Tellam, 644 So. 2d 97 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994).