NAACP Urges All Eligible Claimants Under The Pigford 2 African American Farmer Racial Discrimination

NAACP Urges All Eligible Claimants Under The Pigford 2 African American Farmer Racial Discrimination Lawsuit To File Before The
May 11, 2012 Deadline

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING CLAIMS IS MAY 11, 2012

On December 8, 2010, President Barack Obama signed historic legislation funding a settlement, known as “Pigford II” between the US Department of Agriculture and American Black farmers, many of whom had suffered decades of discrimination.  The NAACP enthusiastically supported this legislation as this case had festered for years and too many black farmers lost their livelihoods, their farms, and too often their lives awaiting resolution. 

The deadline for submitting claims for compensation under “Pigford 2” is May 11, 2012.  Eligible claimants should call the law firm which is handling the case (“EPIQ”), toll free, at 1-877-810-8110 to receive a claim form and to make an appointment with an attorney in your state (the legal assistance is free of charge) or you can go to www.blackfarmercase.com for information about meetings in your state.

Qualified claimants are those who can show that they:

  •  Are African American who farmed, or attempted to farm, between January 1, 1981 and December 31, 1996;
  • Applied, or constructively tried to apply, for a specific farm credit transaction or non-credit benefit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) between January 1, 1981 and December 31, 1996 and were denied services; and 
  • Complained of discrimination by the USDA to an official of the United States Government on or before July 1, 1997 in response to the application.

Although claims are not expected to be paid before late 2012, it is imperative that all claim forms be postmarked no later than May 11, 2012.  This will allow the judge in the case time to review the total number of claims and extent of each claim.  It is important that you make sure you request and receive a copy of the claim form you are submitting before you leave the court-appointed attorney so you have a copy for your records.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CLAIM PROCESS, TO OBTAIN A CLAIM FORM, OR TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A FREE ATTORNEY CALL 1-877-810-8110 OR GO TO WWW.BLACKFARMERCASE.COM  TO FIND OUT ABOUT MEETINGS IN YOUR STATE.

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