A Nevada judge granted class-action status this week to a lawsuit against a Tennessee-based payday lending operation accused of spamming thousands of people with unwanted text messages.

Carey V. Brown operates Credit Payment Services and operated several affiliates - including MyCashNow.com, DiscountAdvances.com, Leadpile and PayDayMax.com.  The businesses allegedly violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by spamming consumers with text messages containing payday loan offers. The companies were incorporated in Nevada but operated out of Chattanooga, Tenn. Some of the affiliates are closed but it wasn't immediately clear how many.

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