Jim Hood — Mississippi Attorney General
On Monday, January 13, 2014, the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, Incorporated, a Delaware corporation, filed, by and through its attorneys, an Amended Complaint (Second Amended) and other documents against several defendants to include, but not limited to, Jim Hood, Attorney General, State of Mississippi (and Alabama’s AG) for, among other things, violation of its constitutional right under the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments and 42 U.S.C. Section(s) 1981, 1982 and 1983 and the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution.
The original lawsuit was filed on December 5, 2013 in the United States District Court For The Southern District of Mississippi — Jackson Division, Civil Acton No., 3:13-cv-763 (TSL-JMR).
The Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association, Inc. (BFAA) office and phone lines are open from 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. During these hours, we are making every effort to answer all calls and assist our members. As you probably already know, we eliminated our message system because it wasn’t working well. Remember, when the office and phone lines are not open, information about meetings and updates are available on our website at www.mybfaa.org.
The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, Inc. will be conducting several meetings in the state of Alabama and elsewhere. These meeting are regarding, among other things, the several class action lawsuits between Black farmers, their heirs and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many individuals are being paid a $50,000 settlement. However, even many more are being denied the settlement or are having their settlement held up due the probating of the estate of the deceased or incapacitated claimant. Yet other are wondering if they can still participate in the one of the lawsuits. These and other questions and issues will be discussed during these meetings.
The United States Government has announced that it will direct the Treasury Department to issue payments of $62,500.00 to approximately 18,000 claimants in the In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, Misc. No. 08-mc-0511 (PLF) (Pigford II) shortly: according to several news sources.
For the Shreveport Times article,CLICK HERE.