What Are Some Famous Court Cases That Involve Black Farmers Who Were Denied Loans?


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In 1997, a group of black farmers filed a successful class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, alleging that it had practiced racial discrimination in denying them loans, according to Grist.com. The court decision in the case of Pigford vs. Glickman is available at FindLaw.com.

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Although the Pigford case was found in the farmers' favor, many claims were not acted upon in a timely manner, and the farmers began additional legal action. This litigation, called Pigford II, was settled in 2010 when the Obama administration allocated over $1 billion for the final resolution of claims, according to the USDA website.

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