McDaniel: Almost All of 156 Payday Outlets in Arkansas Plan to Close

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says most of the payday lending companies in Arkansas have said they will close or stop issuing high-interest loans in response to his threat last month to sue them if they continued to do business in the state.

He says 59 companies covering almost all of the 156 payday lending locations that he targeted with a March 18 letter have responded.  The letter informed the companies they were violating the state constitution by charging more than 17 percent interest.

Advance America, which operates 30 payday lending locations in the state, has said it will restructure its business to comply with the law.  A spokesman for Advance America, the nation's largest payday lender, did not immediately return a call for comment.

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