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FAQ re “Determination of Insufficient Assets To Satisfy Claims Against Financial Institution in Receivership” for PFF Bank and Trust

PFF Bank & Trust, Pomona, CA

What happens to the deposit money that I think you still owe me?

The FDIC's determination only addresses the insufficiency of funds realized from the resolution of PFF Bank & Trust to make any distribution to general unsecured creditors or any lower priority claims. That determination does not address the rights of claimants regarding deposit claims.

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Why did the FDIC do this?

The determination was made by the FDIC because the assets of the PFF Bank & Trust receivership are insufficient to make any distribution on general unsecured claims and therefore such claims, asserted or unasserted, will recover nothing and have no value. The Federal Deposit Insurance Act establishes the priority for distributing funds from the liquidation or other resolution of an insured depository institution. The Act provides that administrative expenses and deposit liabilities must be paid in full before any distribution can be made to general unsecured creditors or any lower priority claims. Because there are insufficient assets to make any distribution on general unsecured claims, it was appropriate to have an official statement to that effect.

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I did business with PFF Bank & Trust and still have not been paid; all I received is a Receivership Certificate.

Unfortunately, even though your claim may have been “allowed” by the Receiver, as evidenced by the Receivership Certificate, no assets will be distributed to you for this claim. Therefore, you will not receive any payment on your claim.

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I am an attorney representing a client who has open litigation against the Receivership. How does this affect our case?

Your client will not be able to obtain any payment from the Receivership, even if you successfully pursued the case and obtained a favorable judgment on the claim. Because courts have consistently dismissed actions on prudential mootness grounds, the FDIC as Receiver is requesting that you voluntarily dismiss this litigation and provide the attorney representing the FDIC as Receiver with a court-confirmed copy of the order within the next 30 days. If this is not forthcoming, counsel for the Receiver will proceed to file a motion to dismiss your client's action.

While it is never easy counseling a client when further pursuit of a case is inappropriate, it may be helpful to share with your client the fact that voluntarily dismissing the case will allow all parties to avoid the expenditure of unnecessary and wasteful attorney fees and costs and to conserve judicial resources.

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Can I write off on my taxes the loss of my deposit or investment in PFF Bank & Trust?

You may wish to consult the Internal Revenue Service or a qualified tax advisor regarding tax consequences in your individual situation.

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