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Secured Transactions Under the Uniform Commercial Code
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Assignments of Tort Claims and Settlements


Julian B. McDonnell;Peter F. Coogan;William E. Hogan;and Detlev F. Vagts

Chapter Summary


This chapter of Secured Transactions Under the UCC covers assignments of tort claims and settlements.

The chapter first summarizes the history and evolution of assignments of tort claims. Historically, the common law did not permit such assignments, but exceptions to the common law prohibitions have gradually appeared over the years. While some U.S. jurisdictions retain the common law prohibition on assignments of personal injury claims, others have abandoned or modified this prohibition. This has impacted the treatment of tort claims under Article 9, both in terms of how the code was drafted and how it has been applied by the courts. The discussion thoroughly covers the complicated legal and market evolution of tort claims and assignments of settlements.

The chapter goes on to provide a comprehensive examination of assignments under Revised Article 9. Topics include the classification of collateral interests, retaining the exclusion of rights in judgments, bringing direct security interests in commercial tort claims within Revised Article 9, imposing special attachment requirements for direct security interests in commercial tort claims, allowing Article 9 security interests in tort claims as proceeds of other Article 9 collateral, and determining when the rules of revised Article 9 apply to pre-revision security agreements. Finally, the chapter discusses assignment under the common law and assignments of structured tort settlements.

Secured Transactions Under the UCC (also known as UCC Secured Transactions) provides unique scholarly treatment of the history of Article 9 and its interpretation over the years. It examines every facet of secured lending, analyzing in detail difficult issues that tend to be overlooked in other, more abbreviated treatments. Due to its broad focus, the publication has retained a great deal of material on "old" Article 9, which is of value both to contrast with the Revision and for litigating matters governed by the former version of the law.


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For a discussion of the transition rules for the revision, see Ch. 1B, Transition Rules for Revised Article 9.

For a discussion of the Article 9 security agreement, see Ch. 2A, The Article 9 Security Agreement.

For a discussion of restraints on the creation of security interests, see Ch. 2C, Restraints on the Creation of Security Interests.

For a general discussion of Article 9, see Ch. 3, The Scope of Article 9.

For a discussion of the structured settlement protection statutes, see Ch. 19, Factoring and Lending Against Receivables Under Revised Article 9.


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