Tagged as: Payday Lending

Georgia AG Follows Familiar Pattern; Settles Suit Against California Payday Lender for Alleged Rent-A-Tribe Scheme

On February 9, the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Georgia (Georgia AG) announced that it reached a settlement and entered into a consent order with a California-based online lender relating to an alleged “rent-a-tribe” scheme.  The consent order, filed in Georgia state court, bars the lender from doing…

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Ninth Circuit Compels Tribal Lenders to Comply with CFPB Investigative Demand

On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a trial court ruling that ordered three tribal lending entities to comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) civil investigative demands. The CFPB’s investigation concerns whether small-dollar online lenders or similar persons had engaged in illegal advertising, marketing, or collection practices in…

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Federal Court Certifies to the Ninth Circuit the CFPB’s Challenge to Alleged “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme

On January 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California certified for appellate review its August 31, 2016 Order finding that a California-based payday lending company used a “rent-a-tribe” scheme to avoid state usury laws, in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).  Enforcement Watch covered the August 31,…

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Massachusetts Division of Banks Announces Return of $2.3 Million to Consumers Under Settlement with Payday Lender

On November 22, 2016, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (“DOB) announced that it has returned approximately $2.3 Million to 1,673 Massachusetts residents, as part of a settlement with an online payday lender. The payday lender allegedly issued payday loans with interest rates between 89 and 135 percent, and annual percentage rates (APR) between…

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Georgia AG Secures Agreement from Online Payday Lender to Suspend $6.5 Million in Collections

On November 3, 2016, the Georgia Attorney General’s Office (Georgia AG) announced that affiliated online payday lenders will suspend collections on approximately $6.5 million in loans following a Georgia Supreme Court ruling that state law applied to the online payday lenders.  As a result of that ruling, the Georgia AG’s case currently…

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CFPB Wins Judgment Against Online Payday Lender in Lawsuit Alleging “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme and Violations of State Usury Laws

  On August 31, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) obtained summary judgment against a California-based online payday lender, its individual owner, its subsidiary, and a servicer of its loans, which allegedly used a “rent-a-tribe” scheme to avoid state usury and licensing laws in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act. According to the…

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