Posted: November 21st, 2015




David and Kimberly Birt met with Richard Gibbs, a loan officer with Wells Fargo
Home Mortgage, Inc. After reviewing the Birts’ financial documents, Gibbs said
they were eligible for a home construction loan. He told them to get a builder anddesign plans. The Birts had plans drawn and gave them to their proposed builder.
Gibbs knew from a second credit report that the Birts would not be able to borrow
as much as expected, but told them to sign a contract with the builder, which they
did. They got a letter welcoming them to Wells Fargo Mortgage Resources and
containing lending disclosures, but they knew the figures in the disclosures were
just an example. Several weeks later, when they still had not received a loan com-
mitment letter, the Birts contacted Gibbs’s supervisor. He told them the loan was
denied. They sued Wells Fargo. Was there an implied in fact contract with Wells

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