URGENT MESSAGE TO BLACK FARMERS

May 11, 2012 is the Final Day for Black Farmers to  File their Claims in the Lawsuit Against the USDA 

ATLANTA–The time is fast approaching for the end of the claims process in the Black Farmer Lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (also known as Pigford 2).

May 11, 2012 is the final day for farmers to file their claim.

We, in the “Network of Black Farm Groups and Advocates” (see the list below), encourage all claimants who have not already done so to call the lawsuit administrator (EPIQ) at 877 810 8110 to immediately make appointments with attorneys to fill out and submit their claim form.

However, while it’s best to have an appointment, now at the end of the 180 day claims period, in most instances claimants can “walk-in” to be served, even if they do not have an appointment. In fact, in most scheduled meetings in May, it will be “first come – first serve” for claimants to see an attorney (see the list below).

If you are not certain if you are in the lawsuit, you should immediately call EPIQ at 877 810 8110 to find out if you are on the list of eligible claimants.

Starting in the beginning of May,  every day in most of our southern states there are meetings scheduled for claimants to meet with attorneys. You can go to the Black Farmer Case Lawsuit website at http://www.blackfarmercase.com for information about meetings with attorneys including the date, time and location. Below, however, is a list of these meetings in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia:

ALABAMA
May 4-11, 2012 – 9AM
First Come, First Serve    
Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center    
201 Tallapoosa St.    
Montgomery    AL

GEORGIA
May 5-11, 2012 – 9AM
First Come, First Serve
Douglas GA Youth Center    
200-F S. Madison Ave    
Douglas GA

LOUISIANA
May 1, 2012 – 9:00 AM    
First Come, First Serve         
Hilton New Orleans Airport    
901 Airline Drive    
Kenner LA

MISSISSIPPI
Hattiesburg
May 4-5, 2012 – 9:00 AM    
First Come, First Serve
Univ. of Southern Mississippi – Cochran Center    
118 College Dr.    
Hattiesburg MS

Jackson
May 5-11, 2012 – 9:00 AM    
First Come, First Serve         
Clarion Hotel
5075 I 55 North
Jackson MS

NORTH CAROLINA
May 5-11, 2012 – 9:00 AM
First Come, First Serve         
Sheraton Imperial Hotel    
4700 Emperor Boulevard    
Durham NC

SOUTH CAROLINA
May 5-11, 2012 – 9:00 AM    
First Come, First Serve         
Florence Civic Center    
3300 West Radio Drive    
Florence SC

TENNESSEE
May 4-11, 2012 – 9:00 AM    
First Come, First Serve         
The Peabody Memphis Hotel    
149 Union Avenue    
Memphis TN

VIRGINIA
May 1-2, 2012 – 9:00 AM    
First Come, First Serve         
Doubletree by Hilton    
301 W. Franklin Street    
Richmond VA
 

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