Brief Fact Summary. United Farm Agency, Inc. had a security agreement with Merchants. United Farm Agency, Inc. is in default but Merchants refused to exercise its remedies under the code to the detriment of Frierson, a junior lien holder. Merchants appeals the district court ruling in Frierson’s favor.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. A secured creditor with a security interest over all the debtor’s property may not rely on a default to prevent another creditor from executing on the debtor’s property, while treating the loan as not in default when dealing with the debtor and others.
Issue. Whether Merchants may refuse to exercise its rights under the security agreement thereby maintaining Respondent as a going concern while it impairs the status of other creditors by preventing them from exercising valid liens.
Held. No. Merchants cannot refuse to exercise its rights under the security agreement thereby maintaining United Farm Agency Inc. as a going concern, while it impairs the status of other creditors by preventing them from exercising valid liens.
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