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ZocaLoans “Rent-a-Tribe” Predatory Lending Scheme Illinois Class Action

The primary defendant in this class action is Rosebud Lending LZO, doing business as ZocaLoans, which is supposedly an entity of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe that lends money. But the complaint alleges that it is part of a rent-a-tribe scheme, in which predatory lenders 777 Partners, LLC, Tactical Marketing Partners, LLC, and others engage in  Read more

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Restatis Eye Drops Antitrust Settlement

Allergan, Inc. is paying a penny less than $30 million to settle a class action alleging it schemed to retain a monopoly on its eye drop drug Restatis, and to keep consumers paying higher prices than necessary for it. The complaint alleged that it tried to keep generic versions off the market, submitted and obtained  Read more

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Spotloan Loans Excessive Interest Rate Settlement

BlueChip Financial, ZestFinance, Inc., and Douglas Merrill are settling class actions involving loans made by BlueChip, which does business as Spotloan. The complaint alleged that the loans were made (a) at interest rates greater than those permitted by state laws, or (b) by lenders who did not have a license to lend, and that the  Read more

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BlueChip Financial “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme Connecticut Class Action

This class action takes on the payday lending entity BlueChip Financial, which does business as Spotloan. However, it also brings suit against officials of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, which purportedly owns BlueChip, for acting as a front for Spotloan.  Read more

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MobiLoans “Rent-a-Tribe” Illegal Lending Scheme RICO Class Action

This is yet another case about the “rent-a-tribe” usurious lending scheme run primarly by Think Finance, LLC and its associates. This time, the defendant is MobiLoans, LLC and the complaint alleges violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.  Read more

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Great Plains “Tribal Sovereignty” High-Interest-Rate Loans RICO Class Action

This is the fourth complaint these same plaintiffs have filed for this “rent-a-tribe” usury scheme, each time against a different group of defendants. This time, defendants are Mark Curry, Brian McGowan, Eric Lau, and Sentinel Resources, LLC. The class action claims they have violated Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) laws as well as Virginia’s  Read more

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Big Picture Loans “Rent-a-Tribe” Lending Scheme RICO Class Action

State laws regulate lenders, requiring that they be licensed and specifying a ceiling on the amount of interest they can charge. But in recent years, some have tried to get around these laws, and any regulation whatsoever, by falsely claiming that their loan companies are owned by Native American tribes and taking advantage of sovereignty  Read more

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Big Picture Loans “Rent-a-Tribe” Money-Lending Operation Class Action

The complaint for this class action outlines yet another “rent-a-tribe” arrangement in which a Native American tribe allegedly acts as a front for a payday loan scheme to charge astronomical interest rates to get around state or federal usury laws. Not only is the tribe not truly involved, the complaint says; the fees charged have  Read more

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Great Plains “Tribal” Company Circumvented Lending Laws Class Action

This class action is one of a number brought against Great Plains Lending and others for predatory lending  practices, including one filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General. According to the complaint, Great Plains posed as a tribal company in an attempt to circumvent lending laws. Under the scheme, the complaint says, loans were made in  Read more

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Plain Green and Great Plains “Rent-A-Tribe” Lending Scheme Third Class Action

This is the third of three related cases alleging that unscrupulous lenders have used Native American tribal sovereignty to get around state usury laws and illegally extract nearly $70 million from Virginia residents in the last four years. The forty-page complaint contains a great deal of detail on the workings of the two tribal companies  Read more