Hundreds of potential claimants in the high-profile black farmers discrimination case are challenging the denial of their claims for a share of a $1.25 billion settlement fund.
The federal government agreed to settle claims of loan discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture not covered by a previous settlement in 1999. U.S. District Senior Judge Paul Friedman approved the new settlement in 2011.
Since then, Friedman wrote in a recent court filing, he has received a flood of challenges from claimants who sought compensation in the latest deal. In his Dec. 31 opinion, Friedman told lawyers for the class and the U.S. Department of Justice to respond to issues raised by the challengers by Jan. 30.