Reopened Settlement Results In Fresh Round Of Lawsuits

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Two weeks ago Congress reopened a settlement dating back to 1999 relating to discrimination by the Agricultural Department. The settlement that was reopened was over past discrimination but the reopening has given those that missed out on compensation last time around to file a fresh claim.

Many black farmers have taken advantage of the reopening of the settlement by quickly filing lawsuits against the Agricultural Department for discrimination. It is thought that around eight hundred have so far filed lawsuits.

It is thought that around seventy five thousand people could file fresh claims after missing deadlines from the last time around, and depending on the success of these lawsuits the government could find itself liable to pay out another several billion dollars.

Nearly one billion dollars was paid out in damages the last time around. The lawsuit was filed by the National Black Farmers Association, and was filed earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Washington.

 

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