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In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation

United States District Court, District of Columbia

January 10, 2018

In re BLACK FARMERS DISCRIMINATION LITIGATION

          ORDER

          PAUL L. FRIEDMAN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Upon consideration of Lead Class Counsel's motion [Dkt. No. 496] to designate cy pres beneficiaries and approve partial distribution of cy pres funds pursuant to the settlement agreement and the entire record herein, and for the reasons explained in the accompanying Memorandum Opinion, it is hereby

         ORDERED that the motion [Dkt. No. 496] is GRANTED; it is

         FURTHER ORDERED the Claims Administrator shall within twenty (20) days of the date of this Order distribute from the remaining settlement funds the amounts set forth below to the following organizations:

Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation as fiscal sponsor for the benefit of Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation

$ 125, 000

Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association

$62, 500

Black Oaks Center for Sustainable and Renewable Living

$22, 500

East Arkansas Enterprise Community

$37, 500

Farm Research Cooperative

$22, 500

Farm to Grow, Inc.

$22, 500

Federation of Southern Cooperatives

$750, 000

Kansas Black Farmers Association

$22, 500

Mississippi Family Farmers

$75, 000

Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance

$37, 500

Morehouse Black Farmers and Landowners

$10, 000

National Black Farmers Association

$150, 000

National Family Farmers Coalition

$22, 500

North Carolina Minority Farmers

$10, 000

North-South Institute

$37, 500

Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project

$125, 000

Operation Spring Plant

$22, 500

Rural Advancement Foundation International

$37, 500

Rural Advancement Fund

$100, 000

Rural Coalition

$100, 000

Inquiring Systems, Inc. as fiscal sponsor for the benefit of Southeastern African-American Organic Network

$50, 000

Southwest Georgia Project

$125, 000

UPC School of Law

$28, 425

United Farmers, USA

$50, 000

Whitaker Small Farm Group

$22, 500

Winston County Self Help Cooperative

$50, 000

         it is FURTHER ORDERED that the Claims Administrator in 2019 shall, within twenty (20) days after receiving a request from Lead Class Counsel, distribute to the following organizations the amounts set forth below from the remaining settlement funds:

Arkansas Land and Community Development Corporation as

$ 125, 000

fiscal sponsor for the benefit of Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation. Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association

$62, 500

Black Oaks Center for Sustainable and Renewable Living

$22, 500

East Arkansas Enterprise Community$37, 500 Farm Research Cooperative

$22, 500

Farm to Grow, Inc,

$22, 500

Federation of Southern Cooperatives

$750, 000

Kansas Black Farmers Association

$22, 500

Mississippi Family Farmers

$75, 000

Mississippi Minority Farmers Alliance

$37, 500

Morehouse Black Farmers and Landowners

$10, 000

National Black Farmers Association

$150, 000

National Family Farmers Coalition

$22, 500

North Carolina Minority Farmers

$10, 000

North-South institute

$37, 500

Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project

$ 125, 000

Operation Spring Plant

$22, 500

Rural Advancement Foundation International

$37, 500

Rural Advancement Fund

$100, 000

Rural Coalition

$100, 000

Inquiring Systems, Inc. as fiscal sponsor for the benefit of Southeastern African-American Organic Network

$50, 000

Southwest Georgia Project

$125, 000

United Farmers, USA

$50, 000

Whitaker Small Farm Group

$22, 500

Winston County Self Help Cooperative

$50, 000

         it is FURTHER ORDERED that that the Claims Administrator shall, promptly upon request of Lead Class Counsel, distribute to the Federation of Southern Cooperatives up to $100, 000 from the remaining settlement funds for the purpose of working with Lead Class Counsel to organize and fund the costs of a Phase II Conference; and it is

         FURTHER ORDERED that Lead Class Counsel undertake a second review of the Black Belt Justice Center's application to determine whether it might be eligible for Phase I funding despite class counsel's initial recommendation and, on or before February 15, ...


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