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Due course holder versus simple holder

The advantage of a holder in due course over a simple holder of an instrument is that the holder in due course can:

A. Transfer the instrument to others, thus using it as a substitute for money.
B. Collect on the instrument even if it has been forged.
C. Collect punitive damages from a party who wrongly does not pay a negotiable instrument.
D. Collect on the instrument if the maker or drawer asserts a personal defense.
E. Endorse the instrument "without recourse" thus limiting his liability.

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Best answer: D. collect on the instrument if the maker or drawer asserts a personal defense


Personal defenses cannot be raised against HDC, and they can still collect on the instrument, which differs from simple holder where the drawer can assert any personal defense (see http://www.scribd.com/doc/2221287/Notes-Chapter-6-REG).

Definition: Holder in due course -- any subsequent owner of a negotiable instrument such as a check, note or other document. The holder ...

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