Bank of the West v. Eric Sterling, et al. (California Superior Ct., Sonoma County)

Bank of the West filed a breach of guaranty claim against Eric and Craig Sterling arising out of the foreclosure of Esterlina, a family-owned winery located in Healdsburg, California.  The Sterlings filed a cross-complaint for lending discrimination and disparate treatment in violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and also asserted affirmative defenses for fraudulent concealment and misrepresentation, in connection with loans made to the Sterlings by Bank of the West and the bank’s refusal to renegotiate the loans despite having done so for other borrowers.  DJLG took over representation of the Sterlings in April 2017, and, through discovery, uncovered significant new evidence supporting the Sterlings’ claims.