Texas business brigaded over lawsuit halting student loan forgiveness

Desert Star, which has a listed address of Grapevine in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, currently sits at 1.1 stars with 137 reviews and rising as of the writing of this article. Myra Brown, listed as the company’s president, also operated High Value Signs & Studio, according to a LinkedIn profile.

High Value Signs & Studio, which is displayed as out of business on Google, has not been hit by the review brigading but shares the same listed phone number to an answering service.

MySA attempted to reach Brown through the service and was told she was unavailable. This story will be updated if a response is received.

All but $4 of Desert Star’s $48,000 pandemic PPP business loans were forgiven. The payroll loans were reported to have been used for four positions.

Brown was one of two plaintiffs in the case against Biden’s program, with the other being Alexander Taylor. Because it did not include a public comment period, the lawsuit alleged the program violated the Administrative Procedure Act, while also taking the stance that the Secretary of Education lacks the authority to enact such a program.

The lawsuit was filed by the Job Creators Network Foundation on their behalf in October. While the foundation says it is nonpartisan, it includes statements such as “America’s employees, particularly non-union employees, are an untapped reservoir of support for free enterprise,” and touts its Great Opportunity Project, or GOP, while “connecting the dots between conservative policies and prosperity.”

According to The Intercept, the JCNF is funded by the conservative Mercer Family Foundation and was founded by the CEO of Home Depot.

Brown’s privately held loans are not covered by Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, while Taylor’s loan forgiveness was limited to $10,000 because he did not receive a Pell Grant, the Texas Tribune reported. Recipients of Pell Grants, which are meant for low-income students, qualify for as much as $20,000 in loan forgiveness under the program.

Recent comments range from the mild — “This business is owned by a grifter” — to more vitriolic expressions.

One comment read, “Nice job taking government PPP loan handouts while denying poor folks the aid they need,” while another said, “I can’t imagine being handed $40,000, then turning around and crying that it’s unfair others are being offered far less to recover. Since you think handouts are so unfair, give back the 40k.”

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