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Lenders CashCall Inc. and Western Sky Financial LLC have agreed to a settle yet another state action over charging allegedly illegal interest rates, this time paying a total of $1.25 million to the state of Florida with around $11 million for borrowers, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Friday.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked a federal court Friday to throw out the Bay Mills Indian Community’s suit seeking to establish that it can operate a casino off its reservation, saying a 1997 federal law didn’t automatically allow the tribe to conduct gambling on a parcel of land it bought.
A Utah city has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its petition challenging a decision in a Native American tribe’s lawsuit over its reservation boundaries, saying a Tenth Circuit ruling directly contradicted high court precedent by keeping the city in the litigation and wrongly reassigned a district court judge in a bid to speed up the protracted case.
The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians told a California federal judge Thursday that the recent indictment of three former tribal officials on embezzlement charges bolsters its case against a bank that allegedly knew the ex-leaders were exploiting their positions to steal from the tribe.
The former general counsel for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida withdrew his bid to disqualify Alston & Bird LLP from representing the tribe in a battle over a failed embezzlement suit against its former lawyers and recently re-elected chairman, saying Thursday that the matter underlying the request had been resolved.