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Firstmerit Bank, N.A. v. Frasca

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

April 18, 2014

FIRSTMERIT BANK, N.A., a national banking association, as successor in interest to the FDIC, as receiver for Midwest Bank and Trust Company, Plaintiff,
v.
DANIEL N. FRASCA, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

GEORGE M. MAROVICH, District Judge.

Plaintiff FirstMerit Bank, N.A. ("FirstMerit"), a national banking association, as successor in interest to the FDIC, as receiver for Midwest Bank and Trust Company, filed a complaint against defendant Daniel N. Frasca ("Frasca") to enforce a guaranty.[1] The Court previously granted FirstMerit's motion for summary judgment with respect to liability. FirstMerit now moves for summary judgment as to damages. For the reasons set forth below, the Court grants the motion for summary judgment.

I. Background

Local Rule 56.1 outlines the requirements for the introduction of facts parties would like considered in connection with a motion for summary judgment. As the Court notes on its website, the Court enforces Local Rule 56.1 strictly. To be considered, facts must be included in a party's statement of undisputed facts. Facts argued in briefs but not included in a party's statement of undisputed facts are not considered by the Court, because to do so would rob the other party of his or its opportunity to show such facts are disputed. Local Rule 56.1 states that "[a]ll material facts set forth in the statement required of the moving party will be deemed to be admitted unless controverted by the statement of the opposing party." Local Rule 56.1(b)(3)(C).

In this case, defendant Frasca did not respond to plaintiff's statement of undisputed facts. Accordingly, those facts are deemed admitted. The following facts are undisputed.

On or about May 15, 2008, Isabella Northfield, LLC ("Isabella" or the "Borrower") executed a note (the "Isabella Note") to evidence a construction loan in the amount of $3, 974, 000.00. One quarter of the original loan amount was $993, 500.00. The Isabella Note sets out an interest rate of 6% and a default interest rate of 11%. (Isabella Note at 1, 3). At about the same time that Isabella executed its note, Frasca executed a guaranty (the "Frasca Guaranty"), pursuant to which he guaranteed a portion of the "Indebtedness" evidenced by the Isabella Note. The Isabella Note and the Frasca Guaranty are now owned by FirstMerit.

The Frasca Guaranty states, in relevant part:

1. Guaranty. Guarantor absolutely, unconditionally and irrevocably guarantees to Lender:
(a) The full and prompt payment when due, whether at stated maturity, upon acceleration or otherwise, and at all times thereafter, of any and all debts, liabilities and obligations of the Borrower for the payment of money to Lender under or related to the Loan, however created, arising or evidenced, whether direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, now or hereafter existing, due or to become due, known or unknown to Guarantor at the time of the execution of this Guaranty, including, without limitation, all debts, liabilities and obligations of Borrower to Lender under the Note, the Loan Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, plus interest at the Default Rate under the Note, from and after demand from Lender to Guarantor for payment;
(b) The full and prompt payment upon demand by Lender of all amounts required to be paid pursuant to the Mortgage or the Loan Agreement with respect to the Project...
(c) The full and prompt payment upon demand by Lender of all amounts required by Lender under the Loan Agreement to keep the loan in balance;
(d) The payment of all Enforcement Costs (as hereinafter defined);
* * *
All amounts due, debts, liabilities and payment obligations described in subparagraphs (a), (b), (c) and (d) of this Paragraph 1 are referred to herein as the "Indebtedness."... Guarantor's liability under this Guaranty with respect to the Indebtedness shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the original Loan amount, plus interest on the foregoing at the default rate under ...

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