A federal judge has rejected a motion to dismiss a racketeering case brought by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and a private law firm involving high-interest rate, short-term loans made to Pennsylvania citizens over the Internet.

“I wouldn’t say that (the defendants) were trying to get around the Pennsylvania laws,” said Jeremy T. Rosenblum, an attorney at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia. “They were trying to utilize lending authority that is provided by federal law.”