Anchor Sav. Bank, FSB v. US
Anchor Sav. Bank, FSB v. US, 08-5175
In one of the last Winstar cases arising out of the savings and loan crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s, involving a plaintiff’s suit alleging that the adoption of the FIRREA and its implementing regulations breached the government’s obligations under the supervisory merger contracts, judgment of the trial court in favor of the plaintiff is affirmed in part and remanded in part where: 1) the trial court did not commit clear err in finding that it was foreseeable that the breach would result in lost profits to plaintiff in an amount commensurate with the ultimate award for lost profits; 2) the trial court did not err in finding of a causal connection between the government’s breach of contract and plaintiff’s sale of RFC (a mortgage banking company); 3) the trial court did not err in awarding lost profit damages attributable to plaintiff’s forced sale of RFC; 4) the trial court permissibly concluded that NAMCO (mortgage company) was a reasonable commercial substitute for RFC, and its purchase thus qualified as mitigation for the loss of RFC; but 5) the case is remanded to allow the trial court to determine whether an error was made in offsetting plaintiff’s mitigation costs by NAMCO’s retained earnings through 1997 and, if so, how to correct the error.
- Decided 03/10/2010
- Published 03/10/2010
- United States Federal Circuit