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What is a notice of assignment?

An assignment takes place when one party is holding a right to property, claims, bills, lease, etc., of another party and wishes to pass it along (or sell it) to a third party. As complicated as that sounds, it really isn’t. Strangely enough, many assignments can be made under the law without immediately informing, or obtaining the permission, of the personal obligated to perform under the contract. An example of this is when your mortgage is sold to another mortgage company. The original mortgage company may not inform you for several weeks, and they certainly aren’t going to ask your permission to make the sale.

If a person obligated to perform has received notice of the assignment and still insists on paying the initial assignor, the person will still be obligated to pay the new assignee according to the agreement. If the obligated party has not yet been informed of the assignment and pays the original note holder (assignor), the assignor is obligated to turn those funds over to the new assignee. But, what are the remedies if this doesn’t take place? Actually, the new assignee may find themselves in a difficult position if the assignor simply takes off with their funds or payment. They are limited to taking action against the person they bought the note from (assignor) and cannot hold the obligator liable. Therefore, it is important to remember that if any note or obligation is assigned to another party, each party should be well aware of their responsibilities in the transaction and uphold them according to the laws of their state. Assignment forms should be well thought out and written in a manner which prevents the failure of one party against another.

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Assignments: why you need to serve a notice of assignment

It's the day of completion; security is taken, assignments are completed and funds move. Everyone breathes a sigh of relief. At this point, no-one wants to create unnecessary paperwork - not even the lawyers! Notices of assignment are, in some circumstances, optional. However, in other transactions they could be crucial to a lender's enforcement strategy. In the article below, we have given you the facts you need to consider when deciding whether or not you need to serve notice of assignment.

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What issues are there with serving notice of assignment?

Assignments are useful tools for adding flexibility to banking transactions. They enable the transfer of one party's rights under a contract to a new party (for example, the right to receive an income stream or a debt) and allow security to be taken over intangible assets which might be unsuitable targets for a fixed charge. A lender's security net will often include assignments over contracts (such as insurance or material contracts), intellectual property rights, investments or receivables.

An assignment can be a legal assignment or an equitable assignment. If a legal assignment is required, the assignment must comply with a set of formalities set out in s136 of the Law of Property Act 1925, which include the requirement to give notice to the contract counterparty.

The main difference between legal and equitable assignments (other than the formalities required to create them) is that with a legal assignment, the assignee can usually bring an action against the contract counterparty in its own name following assignment. However, with an equitable assignment, the assignee will usually be required to join in proceedings with the assignor (unless the assignee has been granted specific powers to circumvent that). That may be problematic if the assignor is no longer available or interested in participating.

Why should we serve a notice of assignment?

The legal status of the assignment may affect the credit scoring that can be given to a particular class of assets. It may also affect a lender's ability to effect part of its exit strategy if that strategy requires the lender to be able to deal directly with the contract counterparty.

The case of General Nutrition Investment Company (GNIC) v Holland and Barrett International Ltd and another (H&B) provides an example of an equitable assignee being unable to deal directly with a contract counterparty as a result of a failure to provide a notice of assignment.

The case concerned the assignment of a trade mark licence to GNIC . The other party to the licence agreement was H&B. H&B had not received notice of the assignment. GNIC tried to terminate the licence agreement for breach by serving a notice of termination. H&B disputed the termination. By this point in time the original licensor had been dissolved and so was unable to assist.

At a hearing of preliminary issues, the High Court held that the notices of termination served by GNIC , as an equitable assignee, were invalid, because no notice of the assignment had been given to the licensee. Although only a High Court decision, this follows a Court of Appeal decision in the Warner Bros Records Inc v Rollgreen Ltd case, which was decided in the context of the attempt to exercise an option.

In both cases, an equitable assignee attempted to exercise a contractual right that would change the contractual relationship between the parties (i.e. by terminating the contractual relationship or exercising an option to extend the term of a licence). The judge in GNIC felt that "in each case, the counterparty (the recipient of the relevant notice) is entitled to see that the potential change in his contractual position is brought about by a person who is entitled, and whom he can see to be entitled, to bring about that change".

In a security context, this could hamper the ability of a lender to maximise the value of the secured assets but yet is a constraint that, in most transactions, could be easily avoided.

Why not serve notice?

Sometimes it's just not necessary or desirable. For example:

  • If security is being taken over a large number of low value receivables or contracts, the time and cost involved in giving notice may be disproportionate to the additional value gained by obtaining a legal rather than an equitable assignment.
  • If enforcement action were required, the equitable assignee typically has the option to join in the assignor to any proceedings (if it could not be waived by the court) and provision could be made in the assignment deed for the assignor to assist in such situations. Powers of attorney are also typically granted so that a lender can bring an action in the assignor's name.
  • Enforcement is often not considered to be a significant issue given that the vast majority of assignees will never need to bring claims against the contract counterparty.

Care should however, be taken in all circumstances where the underlying contract contains a ban on assignment, as the contract counterparty would not have to recognise an assignment that is made in contravention of that ban. Furthermore, that contravention in itself may trigger termination and/or other rights in the assigned contract, that could affect the value of any underlying security.

What about acknowledgements of notices?

A simple acknowledgement of service of notice is simply evidence of the notice having been received. However, these documents often contain commitments or assurances by the contract counterparty which increase their value to the assignee.

Best practice for serving notice of assignment

Each transaction is different and the weighting given to each element of the security package will depend upon the nature of the debt and the borrower's business. The service of a notice of assignment may be a necessity or an optional extra. In each case, the question of whether to serve notice is best considered with your advisers at the start of a transaction to allow time for the lender's priorities to be highlighted to the borrowers and captured within the documents.

For further advice on serving notice of assignment please contact Kirsty Barnes or Catherine Phillips  from our Banking & Finance team.

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A Notification of Assignment is employed to notify debtors that a third party has ‘acquired’ their debt. The new company (assignee) assumes responsibility for the collection processes, occasionally engaging a debt collection agency to retrieve the funds on their behalf.

Maxine McCreadie

2nd May 2019

A creditors’ main goal is to lend you money and to collect it, so they’re not the biggest fan of chasing those who fall into arrears. As such, sometimes they’ll pass arrears on to other companies.

Being in debt can get confusing as it is, but especially so if a situation arises where you owe money to your mortgage lender, then a letter comes through your door from a company you’ve never heard of asking you to make payments to them instead.

This is what’s known as a Notice of Assignment (NOA) . They are sent to inform you that a third party has bought a debt that you owe from the company you borrowed it from.

If your debt is assigned to a new owner, they will then take over the previous company’s responsibility for debt collection and will sometimes hire a collection agency to work on their behalf.

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What is a notice of assignment

A Notice of Assignment, in relation to debt, is a document used to inform debtors that their debt has been ‘purchased’ by a third party.

The notice serves to notify the debtor that a new company (known as the assignee) has taken over the responsibility of collecting the debt.

This means that the debtor should direct their future payments and communications regarding the debt to the assignee instead of the original creditor. T

he assignee may choose to handle the debt collection procedures themselves or may engage a debt collection agency to recover the outstanding amount on their behalf.

Types of assignment

There are two types of assignment that a creditor can make – Legal and equitable.

Both of them fall under the Law of Property Act 1925 and both require the creditor to notify you of the change in writing.

It also isn’t possible to assign only part of a debt to a third party. If a creditor is ‘selling’ your debt, they have to sell the debt as a whole, and that debt will become one of the purchasing company’s obligations.

We set out the differences between legal and equitable assignments below.

A legal assignment gives the purchasing party the power to enforce the debt. You will also then make payments to this company instead of the original creditor.

When a debt goes through an equitable assignment, it is only the amount owed that is transferred.

In these instances, the purchasing company cannot enforce the debt and the original creditor will still retain their original rights and responsibilities.

Why do creditors sell debts?

One of the most common questions asked when a notice of assignment is received is why? Why have they sold it and how can they?

The answer is that is it is actually perfectly legal for them to sell your debt to another company.

When you sign a credit agreement there will have been a clause within the fine print. This will have stated that they are able to assign their rights to a third party .

As you have signed for this, they do not need to ask your permission to ‘sell’ the debt and you are unfortunately unable to dispute it.

The only exception to this rule is if the lender pledges to the Standards of Lending Practice and you have given evidence of mental health issues previously.

In these instances, your debt should not have been sold and you should seek advice on this.

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What does a notice of assignment mean for you?

If a creditor passes one of your debts to a third party, they will notify the credit reference agencies that they are now responsible for the collection.

The previous company’s name will be removed from your credit file and that any defaults will also be registered in their name.

Many people often find that having a debt being passed to a third party is a blessing in disguise.

The new company might be easier to deal with or be more flexible. They may offer to freeze interest on your debts, for example, giving you more scope to repay what you owe more quickly.

Ultimately, getting your debt paid off is in both yours and the creditors best interests.

Agreeing to a manageable payment plan gives you some breathing space and it can often mean they won’t need to take any further action against you.

It’s also worth noting that this also does not reset the six-year period for the debt to become statute-barred and debts that are already in this category will remain as such.

Assignment and debt collection agencies

Sometimes, the purchasing company will employ a debt collection agency to act on their behalf or the debt will be purchased by an agency themselves

They will take over the full rights to the debt and attempt to collect it from you in full.

As such, they will contact you by letter, phone calls, texts or emails. It also means that they can take further action against you should you continue to default on the account.

However, unless it is stated otherwise, debt collection agencies only work on behalf of a company.

The purchasing company will still own the debt, although some collection agencies do deal in debt purchasing also.

It’s also important to remember that although they can contact you for payment, they still have to abide by creditor etiquette.

They cannot pretend to have certain legal powers or lie to you, break data protection laws or search for you on social media.

You’ll likely find that debt collection agencies are often open to negotiations, so it is always best to contact them as soon as possible when they contact you for payment.

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Assignment and debt solutions.

If you are already in some form of debt solution such as an IVA , Trust Deed or a DMP that is run privately by a company, you must notify the company running your agreement.

They will make the necessary updates to their records and contact the company to arrange payment to the new company.

If you are managing your own debts, you will need to cancel any payment to the original company and set up a new one to the purchasing company or debt collection agency.

In this instance, you may be asked to show them an up to date state of affairs in case any changes need to be made.

If you’re receiving notices of assignment and struggling with debt collection, call us today. A qualified adviser will be on hand to give you free confidential advice and help you find the right solution for your debts.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Creditors often transfer arrears to other companies to handle debt collection.
  • A Notice of Assignment (NOA) informs debtors that their debt has been purchased by a third party.
  • The assignee, the new company, assumes responsibility for collecting the debt.
  • Debtors should direct future payments and communication regarding the debt to the assignee.
  • The assignee may handle debt collection internally or engage a debt collection agency.

Maxine is an experienced writer, specialising in personal insolvency. With a wealth of experience in the finance industry, she has written extensively on the subject of Individual Voluntary Arrangements, Protected Trust Deed's, and various other debt solutions.

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Article III, Section 2, Clause 1:

The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction; to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;—to Controversies between two or more States; between a State and Citizens of another State, between Citizens of different States,—between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.

An assignment of a legal claim occurs when one party (the “assignor” ) transfers its rights in a cause of action to another party (the “assignee” ). 1 Footnote Black’s Law Dictionary 136 (9th ed. 2009) (defining “assignment” as “the transfer of rights or property” ). The Supreme Court has held that a private litigant may have standing to sue to redress an injury to another party when the injured party has assigned at least a portion of its claim for damages from that injury to the litigant. The Supreme Court in the 2000 case Vermont Agency of Natural Resources v. United States ex rel. Stevens held that private individuals may have Article III standing to bring a qui tam civil action in federal court under the federal False Claims Act (FCA) on behalf of the federal government if authorized to do so. 2 Footnote 529 U.S. 765, 768, 778 (2000) . The FCA imposes civil liability upon “any person” who, among other things, knowingly presents to the federal government a false or fraudulent claim for payment. 3 Footnote 31 U.S.C. § 3729(a) . To encourage citizens to enforce the Act, in certain circumstances, a private individual, known as a “relator,” may bring a civil action for violations of the Act. Such plaintiffs sue under the name of the United States and may receive a share of any recovered proceeds from the action. 4 Footnote Id. § 3730(d)(1)–(2) . Under the FCA, the relator is not merely the agent of the United States but an individual with an interest in the lawsuit itself. 5 Footnote Vt. Agency of Natural Res. , 529 U.S. at 772 ( “For the portion of the recovery retained by the relator . . . some explanation of standing other than agency for the Government must be identified.” ) (citing 31 U.S.C. § 3730 ).

Ordinarily, if the relator’s financial interest in the outcome of the case were merely a byproduct of the suit itself, there would be no injury sufficient for standing. 6 Footnote Id. at 772–73 ( “An interest unrelated to injury in fact is insufficient to give a plaintiff standing. . . . A qui tam relator has suffered no [invasion of a legally protected right]—indeed, the ‘right’ he seeks to vindicate does not even fully materialize until the litigation is completed and the relator prevails.” ) (citations omitted). The Supreme Court has held that a litigant’s interest in recovering attorneys’ fees or the costs of bringing suit by itself normally does not confer standing to sue. E.g. Steel Co. v. Citizens for a Better Env’t, 523 U.S. 83, 107 (1998) ( “The litigation must give the plaintiff some other benefit besides reimbursement of costs that are a byproduct of the litigation itself.” ); Diamond v. Charles, 476 U.S. 54, 70–71 (1986) ( “[T]he mere fact that continued adjudication would provide a remedy for an injury that is only a byproduct of the suit itself does not mean that the injury is cognizable under Art. III.” ). In Stevens , however, the Supreme Court recognized a distinction that confers standing upon qui tam plaintiffs in FCA cases. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the Court, determined that assignments of claims are distinguishable from cases in which a litigant has a mere financial interest in the outcome of the suit because the assignee-plaintiff actually owns a stake in the dispute as a legal matter. 7 Footnote Vt. Agency of Natural Res. , 529 U.S. at 773 . Justice Scalia drew support for this distinction from the long-standing historical practice of the government assigning a portion of its damages claim to a private party and allowing that party to assert the injury suffered by the federal government as a representative of the United States. 8 Footnote Id. at 774, 778 The Court noted the “long tradition of qui tam actions in England and the American colonies,” 9 Footnote Id. concluding that “Article III’s restriction of the judicial power to ‘Cases’ and ‘Controversies’ is properly understood to mean ‘cases and controversies of the sort traditionally amenable to, and resolved by, the judicial process.’” 10 Footnote Id. Although the Court held that the relator had standing to sue under the qui tam provision, it ultimately determined that the plaintiff could not maintain the action against a state agency for allegedly submitting false grant claims to the EPA because states were not “persons” subject to liability under the False Claims Act. Id. at 787 .

Eight years after deciding Stevens , the Supreme Court again found that an assignee of a claim had standing, even when the assignee had promised to remit all of the money it recovered in the proceedings to the assignor. 11 Footnote Sprint Commc’ns Co. v. APCC Servs., Inc. , 554 U.S. 269 , 271 (2008) . In Sprint Communications Co. v. APCC Services, Inc. , payphone operators had assigned their legal claims for money owed to them by long-distance communications carriers to third-party collection agencies. 12 Footnote Id. at 271–72 . The agencies were authorized to bring suit on behalf of the payphone operators and promised to pay all of the proceeds of the litigation to the payphone operators for a fee. 13 Footnote Id. at 272 . The Court held that these collection agencies had standing to pursue the operators’ claims because of the long history of courts’ acceptance of such claims. 14 Footnote Id. at 273–75 . The Court noted that “federal courts routinely entertain suits which will result in relief for parties that are not themselves directly bringing suit. Trustees bring suits to benefit their trusts; guardians ad litem bring suits to benefit their wards; receivers bring suit to benefit their receiverships; assignees in bankruptcy bring suit to benefit bankrupt estates; executors bring suit to benefit testator estates; and so forth.” Id. at 287–88 . Assignment was sufficient to transfer the injury to the collections agencies, and the injury to the operators that had been transferred to the collection agencies would be redressed by a favorable judicial decision, even if the agencies would subsequently pay all of the proceeds to the operators. 15 Footnote Id. at 286–87 ( “[I]f the [collection agencies] prevail in this litigation, the long-distance carriers would write a check to [them] for the amount of dial-around compensation owed. What does it matter what the [agencies] do with the money afterward?” ).

The Stevens and Sprint cases could have broader implications for Article III standing doctrine, as they suggest a way in which the constitutional limitations on standing may be bypassed through the assignment of rights to a third party. 16 Footnote See also ArtIII.S2.C1.6.4.3 Particularized Injury. For instance, if Congress enacts a federal statute recognizing an injury to the federal government that otherwise satisfies Article III’s requirements, it may assign a portion of its claim to a private party, thereby potentially giving that plaintiff standing to sue as a representative of the United States. 17 Footnote See Vt. Agency of Natural Res. , 529 U.S. at 773 . This is essentially the operation of the False Claims Act. 18 Footnote 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733 . However, it is unclear whether every such statute would necessarily resolve all Article III standing concerns. In Stevens and Sprint , the Court gave significant weight to the lengthy history of courts recognizing the types of assignments at issue when determining that the litigants in those cases had standing to sue. 19 Footnote See id. at 774, 778 ; Sprint Commc’ns Co. , 554 U.S. at 273–75 . Moreover, there may be a number of concerns about the constitutionality and practicality of using assignments to delegate core government functions (e.g., criminal prosecutions) to private parties when courts have not historically recognized claims based on such assignments, including concerns about interference with the Executive Branch’s Article II powers and prosecutorial discretion. 20 Footnote See Heather Elliott , Congress’s Inability to Solve Standing Problems , 91 B.U. L. Rev. 159 , 195–204 (2011) (questioning whether Congress’s assignment of claims to citizen suitors in order to confer standing would be constitutional or practical).

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Deed of Assignment and the Notice of Assignment -What is the Difference?

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In this article, Richard Gray barrister takes a brief look at the differences between a Deed of Assignment and a Notice of Assignment and the effect of the assignment on the contracting party

At the end of 2020, Elysium Law were instructed to act for a significant number of clients in relation to claims made by a company known as Felicitas Solutions Ltd (an Isle of Man Company) for recovery of loans which had been assigned out of various trust companies following loan planning entered into by various employees/contractors.

Following our detailed response, as to which please see the article on our website written by my colleague Ruby Keeler-Williams , the threatened litigation by way of debt claims seem to disappear. It is important to note that the original loans had been assigned by various Trustees to Felicitas, by reason of which, Felicitas stood in the shoes of the original creditor, which allowed the threatened action to be pursued.

After a period of inertia, Our Clients, as well as others, have been served with demand letters by a new assignee known as West 28 th Street Ltd . Accompanying the demand letters is a Notice of Assignment, by reason of which the Assignee has informed the alleged debtor of the Assignees right to enforce the debt.

Following two conferences we held last week and a number of phone call enquiries which we have received, we have been asked to comment upon the purport and effect of the Notice of Assignment, which the alleged debtors have received. Questions such as what does this mean (relating to the content) but more importantly is the ‘Notice’ valid?

Here I want to look briefly at the differences between the two documents.

There is no need for payment to make the assignment valid and therefore it is normally created by Deed.

 The creation of a legal assignment is governed by Section 136 of the Law of Property Act 1925:

136 Legal assignments of things in action.

(1)Any absolute assignment by writing under the hand of the assignor (not purporting to be by way of charge only) of any debt or other legal thing in action, of which express notice in writing has been given to the debtor, trustee or other person from whom the assignor would have been entitled to claim such debt or thing in action, is effectual in law (subject to equities having priority over the right of the assignee) to pass and transfer from the date of such notice—

(a) the legal right to such debt or thing in action;

(b) all legal and other remedies for the same; and

(c) the power to give a good discharge for the same without the concurrence of the assignor:

Some of the basic requirements for a legal assignment are;

  • The assignment must not be subject to conditions.
  • The rights to be assigned must not relate to only part of a debt, or other legal chose in action.
  • The assignment must be in writing and signed by the assignor.
  • The other party or parties to the agreement must be given notice of the assignment.

Notice of assignment

To create a legal assignment, section 136 requires that express notice in writing of the assignment must be given to the other contracting party (the debtor).

Notice must be in writing

Section 136 of the LPA 1925 requires “express notice in writing” to be given to the other original contracting party (or parties).

 Must the notice take any particular form?

The short answer is no. Other than the requirement that it is in writing, there is no prescribed form for the notice of assignment or its contents. However, common sense suggests that the notice must clearly identify the agreement concerned.

Can we  challenge the Notice?

No. You can challenge the validity of the assignment assignment by ‘attacking the Deed, which must conform with Section 136. In this specific case, the Notice sent by West 28 th Street in itself is valid. Clearly, any claims made must be effected by a compliant Deed and it is that which will require detailed consideration before any right to claim under the alleged debt is considered.

Can I demand sight of the assignment agreement

On receiving a notice of assignment, you may seek to satisfy yourself that the assignment has in fact taken place. The Court of Appeal has confirmed that this is a valid concern, but that does not give an automatic right to require sight of the assignment agreement.

In Van Lynn Developments Limited v Pelias Construction Co [1969]1QB 607  Lord  Denning said:

“After receiving the notice, the debtor will be entitled, of course, to require a sight of the assignment so as to be satisfied that it is valid…”

The Court of Appeal subsequently confirmed this  stating the contracting party is entitled to satisfy itself that a valid absolute assignment has taken place, so that it can be confident the assignee can give it a good discharge of its obligations

The important document is the Deed of Assignment, which sets out the rights assigned by the Assignor. The Notice of Assignment is simply a communication that there has been an assignment. The deed is governed by Section 136 of the LP 1925. It should be possible to obtain a copy of the Deed prior to any action taken in respect of it.

For more information on the claims by West 28 th Street or if advice is needed on the drafting of a Deed, then please call us on 0151-328-1968 or visit www.elysium-law.com .

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(a) Random Method for Assignment of Cases to Judges.

(1) In Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint and Port Huron, the Clerk shall employ a random method for the assignment of civil cases (excluding social security cases and special civil cases) to Judges. Special civil cases are defined as those cases arising under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241 and 2254 and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1985 in which the plaintiff is an inmate or resident of any facility of the Michigan Department of Corrections, the United States Bureau of Prisons, or of any county or local jail. (2) In Bay City, the Clerk shall assign civil cases to the Judge regularly holding court in Bay City. (3) In Ann Arbor, Bay City, Detroit, Flint and Port Huron, the Clerk shall employ a random method for the assignment of social security cases and special civil cases to Judges. (4) A case in which a three-Judge court is requested under 28 U.S.C. § 2284 shall be assigned by random method regardless of the place of holding court in which the case is filed. (5) Assignment of cases to the Chief Judge, to Senior Judges, and, in cases of emergency, to Judges in active service, shall be as provided by administrative order of the Court. (6) Miscellaneous matters shall be assigned to a judge at the place of holding court where the miscellaneous matter is filed.
(1) Cases shall be reassigned only by order of the Court. (2) To promote docket efficiency, or to conform to the requirement of any case management plan adopted by the Court, or upon consent of the parties, or after notice and hearing, or in the interests of justice, the Chief Judge may order a civil case to be reassigned, but only with the consent of the Judge to whom the case was originally assigned and with the consent of the Judge to whom it is to be reassigned. (3) To promote judicial efficiency in cases not requiring reassignment under these Rules, the Judges, after notice to the parties and opportunity to respond, may jointly order consolidation of some or all aspects of related cases. (4) Reassignment of cases because of a change in judicial personnel shall be in accordance with an administrative order authorized by the Court. (5) Successive habeas corpus petitions challenging the same conviction or sentence regardless of grounds asserted shall be assigned to the judge to whom the original petition was assigned. If that judge no longer receives such assignments, the petition will be reassigned under LR 83.11(a). (6) Motions for relief filed under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 shall be assigned to the Judge who imposed sentence on the defendant. If the sentencing judge no longer receives any cases due to death or retirement, the matter will be reassigned by random method under subsection LR 83.11(a). However, motions under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 filed by co-defendants in multi-defendant cases will be reassigned to the judge to whom the first motion was reassigned. (7) Companion Cases. (A) Companion cases are cases in which it appears that: (i) substantially similar evidence will be offered at trial, or (ii) the same or related parties are present and the cases arise out of the same transaction or occurrence, or (iii) they are Social Security cases filed by the same claimant.

(B) Cases may be companion cases even though one of them has been terminated.

(C) Counsel or a party without counsel must bring companion cases to the court's attention by responding to the questions on the civil case cover sheet or in the electronic filing system.

(D) When it becomes apparent to the Judge to whom a case is assigned and to a Judge having an earlier case number that two cases are companion cases, upon consent of the Judge having the earlier case number, the Judge shall sign an order reassigning the case to the Judge having the earlier case number.

(8) Matters arising from a civil, special civil (as defined in subsection (a)(1)), or miscellaneous case assigned to a judge who no longer receives such case assignments due to death or retirement will be reassigned by random method under LR 83.11(a).

(9) New cases filed by filers enjoined under LR 5.2 shall be docketed as a new civil action and then reassigned to the district judge that issued the injunction against that filer. Motions filed by filers enjoined under LR 5.2 shall be docketed as a miscellaneous matter and reassigned to the district judge that issued the injunction against that filer.

(c) Refiled, Dismissed, and Remanded Civil Cases.

(1) If an action is filed or removed to this court and assigned to a judge and then is discontinued, dismissed, or remanded to a state court and later refiled, it shall be assigned to the same judge who received the initial case assignment without regard for the place of holding court where the case was refiled. Counsel or a party without counsel must bring such cases to the court's attention by responding to the questions on the civil case cover sheet or in the electronic filing system. (2) When it becomes apparent to the Judge to whom a case is assigned that the case has been previously filed in this Court and assigned to another Judge and has later been discontinued, dismissed without prejudice or remanded to a State Court, the two Judges shall sign an order reassigning the case to the Judge who had been assigned the earlier case.

(d) Disqualification of Judge.

When a Judge to whom a case is assigned is disqualified from hearing it, the Clerk shall reassign the case in accordance with (a)(1) or (a)(3).

COMMENT: The "earlier case number" referred to in (b)(7)(D) will mean the earlier case filed as determined by date and time. Miscellaneous matters referred to in LR 83.11(a)(6) include, but are not limited to, the following:

1) matters sealed in the early stages of criminal proceedings; 2) registrations of judgment from other districts; 3) actions to enforce administrative subpoenas and summons; 4) proceedings ancillary to an action pending in another district, e.g., deposition subpoenas 5) supplementary proceedings brought in aid of execution; 6) applications for writs of habeas corpus ad testificandum or ad prosequendum; 7) appointments of counsel under the Criminal Justice Act; 8) disciplinary proceedings for attorneys; 9) incoming letters rogatory.

NOTE: Any of these may be changed into a civil case if contested before a district judge.

The civil case cover sheet referred to in (b)(7)(C) and (c)(1) is available at the clerk's office and the court's web site.

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Assignment Legal Definition: Everything You Need to Know

The legal definition of assignment is when a person transfers a piece of property or contractual rights to another person. 3 min read updated on February 01, 2023

The legal definition of assignment is when a person transfers a piece of property or contractual rights to another person.

What is Assignment?

If you own a piece of property or have rights in a contract and would like to transfer either of these items to another person, you can make an assignment. For instance, if you own a trademark, you could transfer rights to your mark to someone else interested in using the mark.

Before an assignment will be legal, several requirements must be met:

  • All parties must be legally capable.
  • The objects being transferred must be legal.
  • Consideration should be included.
  • All parties must consent to the assignment.

One of the most common forms of assignment is a wage assignment . For instance, if you owe child support, alimony, back taxes, or some other form of debt, the court can require your employer to withhold a portion of your paycheck.

It is also possible to make an assignment for a mortgage. With a mortgage deed, you can give property interest to a lender in exchange for regular payments. Lenders frequently sell mortgages to other lenders. To complete the sale, a mortgage assignment document would need to be used. This document can clarify how payments will be made and can also be used to alter the terms of the mortgage.

Several factors can influence how assignment plays out. In particular, the language of the contract involved in the assignment can impact this process. Certain contracts, for instance, contain clauses that completely eliminate the possibility of assignment. In other contracts, assignment can only occur if the party being assigned the rights and responsibilities of the contract consents.

In some cases, the person making the assignment will still be liable for the performance of the contract . To make sure the contract is completed, a contract can include a provision that requires the original party to make sure the obligations of the contract are fulfilled, even if they have assigned their rights to a third party.

If the assignment significantly changes the terms of the contract, the agreement will usually not be enforceable. For instance, if assignment reduces the contract's value or exposes the other party to more risk, this would be a significant alteration, meaning the courts would not enforce the contract.

It's also possible that an assignment of contract would be restricted by the law. For instance, some states do not allow an employee's future wages to be assigned. Similarly, claims against the federal government usually cannot be assigned. Because it can increase the possibility of litigation, you are not allowed to assign a personal injury claim.

Delegation or Assignment?

In many cases, a person may want to find someone else to fulfill their contractual duties without having to assign the contract. In these cases, you would use a delegation instead of an assignment. Understand, however, that not all contractual obligations are eligible for delegation.

Personal services, for example, usually cannot be delegated. This is because these services are very specific. For instance, if you hired a musical act to play a party, the musician could not delegate their performance to another artist because they were hired with their specific style in mind. If one party wishes to eliminate the possibility of delegation, they should make sure the contract includes language restricting the practice.

Novation and Assignment

In regard to assignment, it's important to understand that only contractual benefits can be assigned. It is not possible to assign the burden of a contract . For example, if a contractor is hired for a construction project, they could assign their payment but not their obligation to complete the project.

Once an assignment has taken place, the assignee will be able to receive the contract's benefits. The assignee also has the ability to file a lawsuit to enforce their new contractual rights. If there are parts of the contract that still need to be completed, the assignor would be responsible for making sure that this occurs. If the contract is not fulfilled, the assignor would be legally liable since they cannot assign the burden.

Typically, when an assignment takes place, performance of the contract will be taken over from the assignee, and the assignor will request an indemnification for breach of contract.

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What Is A Notice Of Assignment?

Are you curious to know what is a notice of assignment ? You have come to the right place as I am going to tell you everything about  a notice of assignment  in a very simple explanation. Without further discussion let’s begin to know what is a notice of assignment ?

In the realm of contractual agreements and financial transactions, a Notice of Assignment emerges as a crucial document that delineates the transfer of rights, interests, or obligations from one party to another. But what exactly constitutes a Notice of Assignment, and why is it a pivotal element in legal and financial landscapes?

A Notice of Assignment is a formal written document used to notify a third party about the transfer of rights, benefits, or liabilities from the original holder (assignor) to another party (assignee). This notice serves as an official communication detailing the change in ownership or rights of a specific contract, debt, or legal claim.

Components Of A Notice Of Assignment:

  • Parties Involved : It identifies the original party transferring the rights (assignor) and the party receiving those rights (assignee).
  • Details of Assignment : The notice specifies the nature of the assignment, outlining the rights, assets, or liabilities being transferred.
  • Effective Date:  It includes the date when the assignment takes effect, marking the official commencement of the transfer.

Importance And Use Cases:

  • Debt and Loan Assignments : In finance, a Notice of Assignment is often used in cases where loans or debts are transferred from one financial institution to another. It informs the debtor about the change in the entity to whom payments should be made.
  • Contractual Rights and Obligations : When a party transfers its rights or obligations under a contract, a Notice of Assignment ensures clarity and transparency about the new party responsible for fulfilling those terms.
  • Legal Claims and Rights : In legal matters, the notice is used to transfer ownership of legal claims, copyrights, or intellectual property rights from one entity to another.

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Legal Implications And Validity:

The validity and legal implications of a Notice of Assignment depend on various factors, including the terms outlined in the original contract, compliance with relevant laws, and proper notification to all concerned parties. Failure to provide a valid notice might result in disputes or challenges regarding the transfer of rights or liabilities.

Conclusion:

In the complex web of legal and financial transactions, a Notice of Assignment serves as a beacon of transparency and formalization. It ensures that all involved parties are aware of and acknowledge the transfer of rights or obligations, fostering clarity, and minimizing potential disputes or misunderstandings.

As a pivotal document in legal and financial contexts, the Notice of Assignment stands as a testament to the importance of transparent communication and adherence to legal protocols in matters of rights and obligations transfer.

What Does Notice Of Assignment Mean In Court?

Notice of Assignment. New cases are assigned to a specific judicial officer for all purposes. The petitioner will receive a notice of case assignment when the petition is filed. A copy of the notice of case assignment must be served on the respondent with the petition.

What Is A Notice Of Assignment Trucking?

What does a notice of assignment mean in trucking? A notice of assignment (NOA) is a document that notifies your customers that your factoring company has the right to collect payments on invoices.

How Do You Fill Out A Notice Of Assignment?

The notice of assignment informs the customer that the invoice has been assigned to the factor and provides instructions on how to make payment. It is important to include all relevant information in the notice, such as the amount owed, the due date, and the mailing address or website where payment should be sent.

What Is A Notice Of Assignment Of Accounts Receivable?

A Notice of Assignment (“NOA”) is a letter sent by the factoring company (“factor”) to your customers (aka “account debtors”) notifying them that the ownership of your accounts receivable, or invoices, has changed hands to the factor, and payments should be made in accordance with the instructions provided.

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Rule 3.734. Assignment to one judge for all or limited purposes

The presiding judge may, on the noticed motion of a party or on the court's own motion, order the assignment of any case to one judge for all or such limited purposes as will promote the efficient administration of justice.

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Joseph Tacopina, the trial lawyer on Donald J. Trump’s legal team with the most successes defending high-profile clients, will no longer represent the former president in his criminal trial in Manhattan, according to a notice sent to the court on Monday.

Mr. Tacopina also withdrew on Monday from another case in which he was still legally representing Mr. Trump: an appeal of the verdict in a lawsuit brought by the writer E. Jean Carroll. Mr. Trump was found liable for sexual abuse and defamation last year and was ordered to pay Ms. Carroll $5 million.

It was not clear why Mr. Tacopina decided to withdraw, and he declined to comment.

His departure from the two cases comes as Mr. Trump enters a year of legal uncertainty. He faces four criminal indictments, and trials with dates that are up in the air. The trial in Manhattan, in which he is accused of falsifying business records to hide hush-money payments to a porn star during the 2016 election, could begin as early as March.

Its timing may depend on whether the federal trial accusing Mr. Trump of illegally trying to subvert the 2020 election is delayed. That trial is also scheduled for March.

Asked for comment, Steven Cheung, a spokesman for Mr. Trump, did not directly address Mr. Tacopina’s departure, saying only that Mr. Trump “has the most experienced, qualified, disciplined, and overall strongest legal team ever assembled” as he fights his various cases, which he has slammed as partisan efforts to prevent him from being re-elected president.

Mr. Trump’s legal team has shrunk, expanded and turned over many times. But Mr. Tacopina, a pugnacious, New York-based defense lawyer, has a long history of trial court wins.

He has represented high-profile clients ranging from the Fox News host Sean Hannity, who on his show called Mr. Tacopina one of the “greatest defense attorneys of all time,” to the former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and the rapper A$AP Rocky.

But the former president was Mr. Tacopina’s biggest client to date. When the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, charged Mr. Trump last year, Mr. Tacopina accompanied Mr. Trump to his arraignment.

The lawyer Todd Blanche also represents Mr. Trump, and it is unclear who else might sign on to the case.

The withdrawals came a day before jury selection is set to begin in a second trial stemming from the allegations brought by Ms. Carroll , who accused Mr. Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room in the 1990s.

Mr. Trump recently told The New York Times that he wanted to testify in the new trial, and that Mr. Tacopina had advised him against doing so in the first one — a decision the former president said he regretted.

During his closing arguments in the earlier trial, Mr. Tacopina noted that Mr. Trump did not testify and described it as the right decision. There were no questions he could have asked Mr. Trump about the events Ms. Carroll had described, he said, because she could not pinpoint the date of the attack and because Mr. Trump had already denied her claims during a deposition under oath.

Mr. Trump last week delivered part of his own closing remarks in the New York attorney general’s civil case , and was rebuked by the judge for going outside the confines of what he was allowed to talk about.

But state courts tend to be less rigid than federal courts, and it is not clear that the judge in the upcoming defamation trial will tolerate similar behavior if Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Ms. Carroll on social media, testifies.

During closing arguments in the earlier trial, Mr. Tacopina argued that jurors were entitled to their personal views of Mr. Trump, but he suggested the case was aimed at harming his client politically — a widespread view in Mr. Trump’s world.

“It’s OK however you feel about him,” Mr. Tacopina said. “I said this before. You could hate Donald Trump. It’s OK. But there is a time and a secret place to do that. It’s called a ballot box during an election. It’s not here.”

To other clients, Mr. Tacopina brings a specific level of commitment to cases.

Mr. Rodriguez, in a brief interview, said he could not speak to Mr. Tacopina’s involvement with Mr. Trump, but described his own experience being represented by him as he battled a suspension from Major League Baseball related to steroid use.

“He’s not a person that just phones it in; he lives it,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “When he defends you, he defends you like you’re family.”

Maggie Haberman is a senior political correspondent reporting on the 2024 presidential campaign, down ballot races across the country and the investigations into former President Donald J. Trump. More about Maggie Haberman

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