What Is The Pre-Judgment Rate Of Interest?

The legal pre­judgment rate of interest is 6% per annum, unless the parties have contracted for a different rate. A written contract may provide for a rate of interest of up to 8% per annum, unless one of the following exceptions apply:
  1. In a consumer credit transaction, such as an open end consumer credit agreement, the creditor can charge interest at the rate of 1.5% per month or 18% per annum, with some exceptions;
  2. in a business or agricultural loan transaction, the maximum interest rate is 4.5% over the prevailing federal district rate;
  3. in a new vehicle auto loan transaction, the maximum rate of interest is 18% per annum; and
  4. in a used vehicle auto loan transaction, the maximum rate of interest is 23.25% per annum.

You should note, however, that a corporate debtor is not allowed to plead usury as a defense in any action.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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