A Chattanooga-based payday lender accused of spamming thousands of Americans with unwanted text messages suffered a setback this week as a lawsuit against his businesses gained class-action status.

Payday lender Carey V. Brown continued to say that his companies did no wrong.

Brown may have lost much of his payday empire in a battle with federal and state regulators last fall, but that hasn't stopped lawyers in Nevada from pressing a civil class-action lawsuit against his companies, specifically Credit Payment Services, Leadpile and the shuttered MyCashNow.com website.

Those companies allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by spamming consumers with random text messages that contained offers for payday loans, a type of loan that carries a high interest rate and must be paid off after two weeks to avoid mounting fees.

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