'Rent-A-Tribe' Businessman Can't Get Out Of Usury Suit

Law360 (March 13, 2018, 5:37 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge on Monday refused to toss a suit against a central player in an alleged “rent-a-tribe scheme” involving an online lending company accused of charging illegally high interest rates on loans while shielding itself from suit by a Michigan tribe’s sovereign immunity.

In separate orders that were declaratory and brief, U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne dismissed several officers of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians from the suit, but asked the plaintiffs to amend their complaint against those...
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Case Information

Case Title

Williams et al v. Big Picture Loans, LLC et al

Case Number



Virginia Eastern

Nature of Suit

Racketeer/Corrupt Organization


Robert E. Payne

Date Filed

June 22, 2017

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