Amicus Brief Filed in Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation

Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF) filed an amicus brief arguing unclaimed funds from the settlement in In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation should be returned to class members, black farmers who alleged racial discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) when it denied them farm loans and other benefits between 1981 and 1996. The settlement stems from a 1999 lawsuit called Pigford v. Glickman, where more than $1 billion was distributed to thousands of farmers, making it one of the largest civil rights settlements to date.