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Military Lending Act Litigation


On October 6, 2016 the Court held Fairness Hearing to determine: (1) whether the Court should approve the proposed Settlement; (2) whether the Court should enter the Final Order Approving Settlement; and (3) whether the Court should approve the Distribution Plan. After considering all of the evidence, the Court ruled in favor of the military service members and their dependents and issued their Final Order Approving Settlement.

Settlement checks were issued to class members on January 6, 2017 and must be cashed prior to February 28, 2017.

After nearly 6 years of litigation, Barnes Law Group is proud to help make it right for these service members and their families.


Background and History of Lawsuit:  Military servicemembers won a huge victory when a three judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the trial court’s decision to certify a nationwide class action lawsuit against Atlanta-based vehicle title lender, Community Loans of America for violations of the Military Lending Act, which caps permissible interest rates at 36%.  BLG attorneys Roy Barnes, John Bevis and Cam Tribble represent servicemembers and their dependents in 18 states. 


The case is pending in the Columbus Division of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia 4:11-cv-00177-CDL, located just outside the gates to the Ft. Benning army base.  SSG Jason Cox, MSGT Estephan Castillo (Retired), Marine SGT Leo Tookes and US Army Dependent Alesia Lewis-Vinson have been approved by the Court to represent the interests of all servicemembers and dependents who obtained loans during the relevant time period. 

The Court has scheduled a trial for June 13, 2016 at the United States District Courthouse in Columbus, Georgia, located at 120 12th Street, Columbus, GA  31901.  For important information about your legal rights, please review the information contained at the following links: 

Click Here for the Published Notice of December 17, 2015

Click Here for the Court Ordered Legal Notice

To be excluded from this class action, click here for the exclusion form

Click here to review the Complaint

Click here to review the Defendants’ Answer to the Complaint


Click here to read the Class Certification Order


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