Company has to pay up
Kanawha County Chief Circuit Judge Duke Bloom this week ruled the California-based loan company, Cash Call, must pay a $13 million civil penalty and cancel the debts that West Virginian's still owe. This comes after an investigation by the West Virginia Attorney General's office that started five years ago. Customers reportedly complained the company was charging 90 percent interest rates. Consumer protection laws here limit the rate to 18 percent. The judge ruled Cash Call used predatory lending practices and harassed those who fell behind on their payments.