By February 4, 2019 News/Events/SeminarsThe firm set a new record for the total number of attorneys it had selected to the ranks of the 2019 Georgia Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars. . . . Read More
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By February 1, 2019 News/Events/SeminarsAt the annual meeting of its Board of Directors on January 19, 2019, Jimmy Singer was elected . . . Read More
By Gregory R. Veal February 1, 2019 Articles
Sureties are not fiduciaries. This bedrock concept should be as solid as “suretyship is a tri-partite relationship” and “the surety’s duties can be no greater than its principal’s.” A fiduciary must elevate its beneficiary’s interests above anyone else’s, including its own. How can a surety be a fiduciary when it necessarily owes duties to principal and to obligee/claimants, whose interests clearly conflict? Often indemnitors will insist on defending, and even claiming, against sureties based on alleged breach of fiduciary duty. The theory crops up especially when a surety exercises its right, under the general indemnity agreement, to settle its principal’s affirmative claims. Efforts to apply fiduciary duties to sureties continue to fail almost everywhere, including – just nine days ago - the Louisiana federal court.Read More