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Navient Corp., once the biggest servicer of U.S. student loans, must face a state lawsuit alleging widespread deceptive practices and predatory conduct, this time in Pennsylvania.

Navient will have to answer claims by the state’s attorney general, Josh Shapiro, that it violated consumer protection laws by steering struggling borrowers into payment plans that benefited the company rather than the students, U.S. District Judge Robert Mariani ruled late Monday in Scranton, denying its motion to dismiss the suit. The company’s earlier motions to dismiss claims have failed in three similar cases.

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