McEachin & Gee, Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders Pettaway & Campbell, James Scott Farrin, Pogust, Braslow & Millrood, Conlon, Frantz & Phelan, and Phillip L. Fraas are Investigating Denied, Late Claims Filed Under Pigford v. Glickman

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The firms have filed discrimination suits against USDA for thousands of African American Farmers.

Six law firms, McEachin & Gee (Virginia), Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders Pettaway & Campbell (Alabama), James Scott Farrin (North Carolina), Pogust, Braslow & Millrood (Pennsylvania and New Jersey), Conlon, Frantz & Phelan (Washington, D.C.), and Phillip L. Fraas (Washington, D.C.), announced today that a team from their firms, featuring Attorney Donald Gee, will be traveling to Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee to discuss the re-opening of the closed 1999 class-action lawsuit, Pigford v. Glickman. This suit became known as the "Black Farmer Settlement." The law firms are now evaluating denied, late claims that may now have an opportunity to be considered under a new law, which was proposed in part by Senator Barack Obama.

Mr. Gee will be speaking at the following locations:

Monday August 11, 2008
Hilton
1001 East County Line Rd.
Jackson, MS 29211
601-957-2800
10am to 6pm

Tuesday August 12, 2008
124 Place
124 Dr. Douglas Connor Dr.
Starkville, MS 39759
662-323-1180
10am to 6pm

Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC (Alabama) will be hosting a meeting at:

Tuesday August 12, 2008
Reid State Technical College
Wiley Salter Auditorium
Highway I-65 and Highway 63
Evergreen, AL 36401
Located at exit 96 off I-65 on the Southbound Side
Doors open at 5PM, Meeting starts at 6PM
(Mr. Gee will not be present at this location.)

Thursday August 14, 2008
Ozark Civic Center
320 East College Street
Ozark, AL 36361
Doors open at 5PM, Meeting starts at 6PM
(Mr. Gee will not be present at this location.)

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund will celebrate 41 years of serving the rural south through building cooperatives and saving Black-owned land. The federation will also be providing information about the reopening of the Pigford case on Friday, August 15, 2008 at:

Federation of Southern Cooperatives Rural Training & Research Center
575 Federation Road
Gainesville, AL 35464
252-652-9676
9am to 5pm

McEachin & Gee, Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders Pettaway & Campbell, Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, Pogust, Braslow & Millrood, Conlon, Frantz & Phelan, and Phillip L. Fraas are the only firms endorsed by the National Black Farmers' Association. These firms are also working with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, and the law firms collectively represent over 60,000 black farmers.

The firms have set up an informational telephone line at 1-866-472-7826, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Also available is an informational website, http://www.blackfarmerclaims.com, where attorney Donald Gee discusses his own childhood working on a black-owned farm. Mr. Gee is an accomplished trial attorney. He obtained a B.A. degree in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, and he received a law degree from Howard University School of Law.

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