$1.25 Billion Settlement
Pigford v. Glickman
A class action lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), alleging racial discrimination in its allocation of farm loans and assistance. “When you go to law school, these are the kinds of cases you read about,” said Attorney Harris L. Pogust “When somebody is presented an opportunity to be involved in a case like this you’re honored to be involved in helping these people out.”
The 2008 Farm Bill allowed African-American farmers who submitted late requests but did not obtain a determination on the merits of their cases to bring their legal claims again, according to court papers.
As of Sept. 29, 2008, more than 22,000 farmers filed claims, and more than 15,000 of those claims received compensation under the Pigford claims process, court papers said.