Federal Court Affirms Immunity of Lac Vieux Desert Band’s Sovereign Lending Solutions (and Employee)

Here is the opinion in Bynon v. Mansfield (E.D. Pa.):

16-1 Motion to Dismiss

18 Response Brief

19 Reply

20 – Opinion

21 – Order

We posted the complaint here.

RICA Suit against Payday Lenders Tangentially Involving Tribal Sovereign Lending

Here is the complaint in Bynon v. Mansfield (E.D. Pa.):

1 Complaint

An excerpt:

The defendants in this case are conspirators in a usury scam. The defendants charged plaintiff Breanda Bynon interest at the rate of 182.02% A.P.R. on a $5,000 loan. Ms. Bynon paid defendants about $15,000, but defendants applied all of the money to usurious interest and then repossessed her vehicle claiming nonpayment. Ms. Bynon files this complaint for violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq., the Pennsylvania Loan Interest and Protection Law (“Act 6”), 41 P.S. § 201 et seq., and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), 18 U.S.C. § 1962(c),

Another:

Sovereign Lending Solutions, LLC (“Sovereign”), is a loan company wholly owned by the Lac Vieu Desert Bank of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian Tribe (”Tribe”), and incorporated under tribal law. Sovereign originated the loan to Ms. Bynon, but is not named as a party because it is protected from liability under the doctrine of tribal immunity.