Alabama judge sends tribal Co. loan claim to arbitration

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By Andrew Westney (September 17, 2021, 9:12 p.m. EDT) – An Alabama federal judge has referred to arbitration a woman’s proposed class action claiming that a company owned by the Oglala Sioux tribe charged excessive interest for online loans, claiming that his own victory against the company did not allow him to pursue his broader claims in federal court.

U.S. District Chief Justice Kristi K. DuBose, in an order, on Thursday approved an American Arbitration Association panel ruling that Alabama resident Lillian Easley’s loan contracts with the company WLCC II, which operates as the online lender Arrowhead Advance, were void.

But Judge DuBose rejected Easley’s offer to file claims for a proposed class of Alabama loan clients who …

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