Don’t Mess with Texas: Fintech Lender OppFi Sued for Charging 130% Interest on Loans

OppFi has run afoul of interest rate caps in DC and California, too

Andy Spears

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Turns out, those shiny, new, convenient fintech lenders are little more than sketchy payday loan stores dressed up in super fancy clothes.

Maybe that’s why fintech lender OppFi is again facing legal troubles.

OppFi Seeks Permission to Keep Charging Outrageous Interest Rates | by Andy Spears | Medium

This time, the lender is on the wrong side of the law in Texas.

Law360.com reports:

Fintech company Opportunity Financial is facing a proposed class action alleging that it sought to evade Texas state usury laws by using a “rent-a-bank scheme” that the company’s own public filings have identified as a potential problem for the company.

In a complaint filed Wednesday in Austin, Texas, federal court, Lone Star state resident Kristen Michael said that loans she’d taken out with the company, which styles its name as OppFi, had interest annual percentage rates that were over 130% despite the fact that Texas law bars unlicensed lenders from making loans with APRs higher than 30%

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Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .