Terms Used In Louisiana Revised Statutes 10:5-108

  • Applicant: means a person at whose request or for whose account a letter of credit is issued. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 10:5-102
  • Beneficiary: means a person who under the terms of a letter of credit is entitled to have its complying presentation honored. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 10:5-102
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Forgery: The fraudulent signing or alteration of another's name to an instrument such as a deed, mortgage, or check. The intent of the forgery is to deceive or defraud. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Issuer: means a financial institution or other person that issues a letter of credit, but does not include an individual who makes an engagement for personal, family, or household purposes. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 10:5-102
  • Letter of credit: means a definite undertaking that satisfies the requirements of R. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 10:5-102
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Presentation: means delivery of a document to an issuer or nominated person for honor or giving of value under a letter of credit. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 10:5-102
  • Presenter: means a person making a presentation as or on behalf of a beneficiary or nominated person. See Louisiana Revised Statutes 10:5-102
  • Recourse: An arrangement in which a bank retains, in form or in substance, any credit risk directly or indirectly associated with an asset it has sold (in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles) that exceeds a pro rata share of the bank's claim on the asset. If a bank has no claim on an asset it has sold, then the retention of any credit risk is recourse. Source: FDIC
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.

(a)  Except as otherwise provided in R.S. 10:5-109, an issuer shall honor a presentation that, as determined by the standard practice referred to in Subsection (e), appears on its face strictly to comply with the terms and conditions of the letter of credit.  Except as otherwise provided in R.S. 10:5-113 and unless otherwise agreed with the applicant, an issuer shall dishonor a presentation that does not appear so to comply.

(b)  An issuer has a reasonable time after presentation, of at least three days, but not beyond the end of the seventh business day of the issuer after the day of its receipt of documents:

(1)  to honor,

(2)  if the letter of credit provides for honor to be completed more than seven business days after presentation, to accept a draft or incur a deferred obligation, or

(3)  to give notice to the presenter of discrepancies in the presentation.

(c)  Except as otherwise provided in Subsection (d), an issuer is precluded from asserting as a basis for dishonor any discrepancy if timely notice is not given, or any discrepancy not stated in the notice if timely notice is given.

(d)  Failure to give the notice specified in Subsection (b) or to mention fraud, forgery, or expiration in the notice does not preclude the issuer from asserting as a basis for dishonor fraud or forgery as described in R.S. 10:5-109(a) or expiration of the letter of credit before presentation.

(e)  An issuer shall observe standard practice of financial institutions that regularly issue letters of credit.  Determination of the issuer’s observance of the standard practice is a matter of interpretation for the court.  The court shall offer the parties a reasonable opportunity to present evidence of the standard practice.

(f)  An issuer is not responsible for:

(1)  the performance or nonperformance of the underlying contract, arrangement, or transaction,

(2)  an act or omission of others, or

(3)  observance or knowledge of the usage of a particular trade other than the standard practice referred to in Subsection (e).

(g)  If an undertaking constituting a letter of credit under R.S. 10:5-102(a)(10) contains nondocumentary conditions, an issuer shall disregard the nondocumentary conditions and treat them as if they were not stated.

(h)  An issuer that has dishonored a presentation shall return the documents or hold them at the disposal of, and send advice to that effect to, the presenter.

(i)  An issuer that has honored a presentation as permitted or required by this Chapter:

(1)  is entitled to be reimbursed by the applicant in immediately available funds not later than the date of its payment of funds;

(2)  takes the documents free of claims of the beneficiary or presenter;

(3)  is precluded from asserting a right of recourse on a draft under R.S. 10:3-414 and 3-415;

(4)  except as otherwise provided in R.S. 10:5-110 and 5-117, is precluded from restitution of money paid or other value given by mistake to the extent the mistake concerns discrepancies in the documents or tender which are apparent on the face of the presentations; and

(5)  is discharged to the extent of its performance under the letter of credit unless the issuer honored a presentation in which a required signature of a beneficiary was forged.

Added by Acts 1974, No. 92, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1975; Acts 1999, No. 171, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2000.