Fraudulent inducement and promissory notes

Our client, a financial institution, sought to recover from a borrower for an unpaid loan. The borrower denied liability and brought a claim for fraudulent inducement, fraudulent misrepresentation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The trial court granted judgment in favor of the financial institution and denied the borrower’s claims. Although it may appear this was a typical breach of contract case, it was unique because the bank was sued first for the tort claims. In the end, the plain language of the agreement governed and the tort claims were without merit.