Tribal officials urge judges to agree to loan arbitration

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By Andrew Westney (February 17, 2022, 8:16 PM EST) – Upper Lake Habematolel Pomo tribal leaders have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Fourth Circuit decision refusing to authorize arbitration of claims relating to the loans from tribe-owned businesses, saying the decision underscored a divided circuit over the interpretation of arbitration provisions in contracts.

Sherry Treppa – the board chairwoman of the California-based Habematolel Pomo Tribe – and other officials told the high court in a motion on Monday that a Fourth Circuit panel wrongly dismissed the tribe’s attempt to compel arbitration in a class action lawsuit brought by Virginia residents who claim they were charged illegally high interest on loans…

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