409.608 History History: 2001 a. 10.
409.608 Annotation Attorney fees under [former] sub. (1) (a) relates to attorney fees incurred in liquidating collateral, not in a suit on a promissory note. Kohlenberg v. American Plumbing Supply Co. 82 Wis. 2d 384, 263 N.W.2d 496 (1974).
409.608 Note NOTE: The above annotated materials cite to the pre-2001 Wis. Act 10 version of ch. 409.
409.609 409.609 Secured party's right to take possession after default.
409.609(1)(1)Possession; rendering equipment unusable; disposition on debtor's premises. After default, a secured party:
409.609(1)(a) (a) May take possession of the collateral; and
409.609(1)(b) (b) Without removal, may render equipment unusable and dispose of collateral on a debtor's premises under s. 409.610.
409.609(2) (2) Judicial and nonjudicial process. A secured party may proceed under sub. (1):
409.609(2)(a) (a) Pursuant to judicial process; or
409.609(2)(b) (b) Without judicial process, if it proceeds without breach of the peace.
409.609(3) (3) Assembly of collateral. If so agreed, and in any event after default, a secured party may require the debtor to assemble the collateral and make it available to the secured party at a place to be designated by the secured party which is reasonably convenient to both parties.
409.609 History History: 2001 a. 10.
409.610 409.610 Disposition of collateral after default.
409.610(1)(1)Disposition after default. After default, a secured party may sell, lease, license, or otherwise dispose of any or all of the collateral in its present condition or following any commercially reasonable preparation or processing.
409.610(2) (2) Commercially reasonable disposition. Every aspect of a disposition of collateral, including the method, manner, time, place, and other terms, must be commercially reasonable. If commercially reasonable, a secured party may dispose of collateral by public or private proceedings, by one or more contracts, as a unit or in parcels, and at any time and place and on any terms.
409.610(3) (3) Purchase by secured party. A secured party may purchase collateral:
409.610(3)(a) (a) At a public disposition; or
409.610(3)(b) (b) At a private disposition only if the collateral is of a kind that is customarily sold on a recognized market or the subject of widely distributed standard price quotations.
409.610(4) (4) Warranties on disposition. A contract for sale, lease, license, or other disposition includes the warranties relating to title, possession, quiet enjoyment, and the like which by operation of law accompany a voluntary disposition of property of the kind subject to the contract.
409.610(5) (5) Disclaimer of warranties. A secured party may disclaim or modify warranties under sub. (4):
409.610(5)(a) (a) In a manner that would be effective to disclaim or modify the warranties in a voluntary disposition of property of the kind subject to the contract of disposition; or
409.610(5)(b) (b) By communicating to the purchaser a record evidencing the contract for disposition and including an express disclaimer or modification of the warranties.
409.610(6) (6) Record sufficient to disclaim warranties. A record is sufficient to disclaim warranties under sub. (5) if it indicates “There is no warranty relating to title, possession, quiet enjoyment, or the like in this disposition" or uses words of similar import.
409.610 History History: 2001 a. 10.
409.610 Annotation The burden of proving that a private sale was commercially reasonable is on the seller. Proof that the sale was made at the wholesale price does not establish reasonableness. Vic Hansen & Sons, Inc. v. Crowley, 57 Wis. 2d 106, 203 N.W.2d 728 (1973).
409.610 Annotation The primary focus of commercial reasonableness is not the proceeds from a sale, but procedures employed for the sale. Appleton State Bank v. Van Dyke Ford, Inc. 90 Wis. 2d 200, 279 N.W.2d 443 (1979).
409.610 Annotation The conduct of a debtor may be taken into account in determining the commercial reasonableness of a sale. First National Bank of Kenosha v. Hinrichs, 90 Wis. 2d 214, 279 N.W.2d 449 (1979).
409.610 Annotation A secured creditor can retain a debtor's collateral while seeking an independent action for a money judgment. Dorman v. Morris, 185 Wis. 2d 845, 519 N.W.2d 685 (Ct. App. 1994).
409.610 Note NOTE: The above annotated materials cite to the pre-2001 Wis. Act 10 version of ch. 409.
409.611 409.611 Notification before disposition of collateral.
409.611(1)(1)Notification date. In this section, “notification date" means the earlier of the date on which:
409.611(1)(a) (a) A secured party sends to the debtor and any secondary obligor an authenticated notification of disposition; or
409.611(1)(b) (b) The debtor and any secondary obligor waive the right to notification.
409.611(2) (2) Notification of disposition required. Except as otherwise provided in sub. (4), a secured party that disposes of collateral under s. 409.610 shall send to the persons specified in sub. (3) a reasonable, authenticated notification of disposition.
409.611(3) (3) Persons to be notified. To comply with sub. (2), the secured party shall send an authenticated notification of disposition to:
409.611(3)(a) (a) The debtor;
409.611(3)(b) (b) Any secondary obligor; and
409.611(3)(c) (c) If the collateral is other than consumer goods:
409.611(3)(c)1. 1. Any other person from which the secured party has received, before the notification date, an authenticated notification of a claim of an interest in the collateral;
409.611(3)(c)2. 2. Any other secured party or lienholder that, 10 days before the notification date, held a security interest in or other lien on the collateral perfected by the filing of a financing statement that:
409.611(3)(c)2.a. a. Identified the collateral;
409.611(3)(c)2.b. b. Was indexed under the debtor's name as of that date; and
409.611(3)(c)2.c. c. Was filed in the office in which to file a financing statement against the debtor covering the collateral as of that date; and
409.611(3)(c)3. 3. Any other secured party that, 10 days before the notification date, held a security interest in the collateral perfected by compliance with a statute, regulation, or treaty described in s. 409.311 (1).
409.611(4) (4) Subsection (2) inapplicable: perishable collateral; recognized market. Subsection (2) does not apply if the collateral is perishable or threatens to decline speedily in value or is of a type customarily sold on a recognized market.
409.611(5) (5) Compliance with sub. (3) (c) 2. A secured party complies with the requirement for notification prescribed by sub. (3) (c) 2. if:
409.611(5)(a) (a) Not later than 20 days or earlier than 30 days before the notification date, the secured party requests, in a commercially reasonable manner, information concerning financing statements indexed under the debtor's name in the office indicated in sub. (3) (c) 2.; and
409.611(5)(b) (b) Before the notification date, the secured party:
409.611(5)(b)1. 1. Did not receive a response to the request for information; or
409.611(5)(b)2. 2. Received a response to the request for information and sent an authenticated notification of disposition to each secured party or other lienholder named in that response whose financing statement covered the collateral.
409.611 History History: 2001 a. 10.
409.612 409.612 Timeliness of notification before disposition of collateral.
409.612(1)(1)Reasonable time is question of fact. Except as otherwise provided in sub. (2), whether a notification is sent within a reasonable time is a question of fact.
409.612(2) (2) Ten-day period sufficient in nonconsumer transaction. In a transaction other than a consumer transaction, a notification of disposition sent after default and 10 days or more before the earliest time of disposition set forth in the notification is sent within a reasonable time before the disposition.
409.612 History History: 2001 a. 10.
409.613 409.613 Contents and form of notification before disposition of collateral: general. Except in a consumer-goods transaction, the following rules apply:
409.613(1) (1) Notification: when sufficient. The contents of a notification of disposition are sufficient if the notification:
409.613(1)(a) (a) Describes the debtor and the secured party;
409.613(1)(b) (b) Describes the collateral that is the subject of the intended disposition;
409.613(1)(c) (c) States the method of intended disposition;
409.613(1)(d) (d) States that the debtor is entitled to an accounting of the unpaid indebtedness and states the charge, if any, for an accounting; and
409.613(1)(e) (e) States the time and place of a public disposition or the time after which any other disposition is to be made.
409.613(2) (2) Notification: question of fact. Whether the contents of a notification that lacks any of the information specified in sub. (1) are nevertheless sufficient is a question of fact.
409.613(3) (3) Notification: other information or minor errors. The contents of a notification providing substantially the information specified in sub. (1) are sufficient, even if the notification includes:
409.613(3)(a) (a) Information not specified by sub. (1); or
409.613(3)(b) (b) Minor errors that are not seriously misleading.
409.613(4) (4) Substantial compliance. A particular phrasing of the notification is not required.
409.613(5) (5) Notification: form sufficient. The following form of notification and the form appearing in s. 409.614 (3), when completed, each provide sufficient information:
NOTIFICATION OF DISPOSITION OF COLLATERAL
To: .... [Name of debtor, obligor, or other person to which the notification is sent]
From: .... [Name, address, and telephone number of secured party]
Name of Debtor(s): .... [Include only if debtor(s) are not an addressee]
[For a public disposition]:
We will sell [or lease or license, as applicable] the .... [describe collateral] [to the highest qualified bidder] in public as follows:
Day and Date: ....
Time: ....
Place: ....
[For a private disposition]:
We will sell [or lease or license, as applicable] the .... [describe collateral] privately sometime after .... [day and date].
You are entitled to an accounting of the unpaid indebtedness secured by the property that we intend to sell [or lease or license, as applicable] [for a charge of $ .... ]. You may request an accounting by calling us at .... [telephone number].
409.613 History History: 2001 a. 10.
409.614 409.614 Contents and form of notification before disposition of collateral: consumer-goods transaction. In a consumer-goods transaction, the following rules apply:
409.614(1) (1) Notification of disposition. A notification of disposition must provide the following information:
409.614(1)(a) (a) The information specified in s. 409.613 (1);
409.614(1)(b) (b) A description of any liability for a deficiency of the person to which the notification is sent;
409.614(1)(c) (c) A telephone number from which the amount that must be paid to the secured party to redeem the collateral under s. 409.623 is available; and
409.614(1)(d) (d) A telephone number or mailing address from which additional information concerning the disposition and the obligation secured is available.
409.614(2) (2) Substantial compliance. A particular phrasing of the notification is not required.
409.614(3) (3) Notification: form sufficient. The following form of notification, when completed, provides sufficient information:
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 50 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on December 6, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 6, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-6-19)