Tribal Payday Lending Entities Suffer Setbacks

LexisNexis (March 1, 2017, 12:34 PM EST) -- Two important decisions—one from the California Supreme Court and one from the Ninth Circuit—have put big dents in tribal payday lending programs and could have far-ranging consequences for tribal sovereign immunity.

First, at the end of December, the California Supreme Court ruled that lending entities associated with two tribes were not entitled to sovereign immunity as arms of their affiliated tribes. See People ex rel. Owen v. Miami Nation Enters., 386 P.3d 357 (Cal. 2016). Then, a month later, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the right of...
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