How Do You File a Claim in the Black Farmer's Discrimination Litigation Settlement?


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It is no longer possible to file a claim in the Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation Settlement, according to the court website at BlackFarmerCase.com. The claim filing deadline was May 11, 2012.

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Case Number 08-MC-0511 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was known as the Black Farmer's Case, or Pigford II. It was the final case in a series of legal actions that began in 1997 when a group of black farmers filed a successful class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In that case, they alleged it had practiced racial discrimination in denying them loans, according to an article at Grist.com. The court decision in this original case, Pigford vs. Glickman, is available at FindLaw.

Many farmer's claims in this original action were not acted upon in a timely manner, and the farmers began additional legal action. The new litigation, known as Pigford II, was settled in 2010 when the Obama administration allocated over $1 billion for the final resolution of claims, according to a press release at the USDA website.

Claims in the subsequent case had to be filed by May 11, 2012. The Court approved the distribution of $1,200,425,182.08 on Aug. 15, 2013. There is no process for further appeal, according to the settlement website.

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