Nos. CIV.A. 97-1978(PLF), CIV.A. 98-1693(PLF).

355 F.Supp.2d 148 (2005)

Timothy PIGFORD, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Ann VENEMAN, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture, Defendant. Cecil Brewington, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Ann Veneman, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture, Defendant.

United States District Court, District of Columbia.

January 3, 2005.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Alexander John Pires, Jr., Conlon, Frantz, Phelan & Pires, Anthony Herman, Covington & Burling, David A. Branch, Law Office of David A. Branch, Jacob A. Stein, Stein, Mitchell & Mezines, Richard Talbot Seymour, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Mona Lyons, Law Office of Mona Lyons, Caroline Lewis Wolverton, U.S. Department of Justice, Phillip L. Fraas, Washington, DC, J. L. Chestnut, Jr., Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Pettaway, Campbell & Albright, Selma, AL, Stephon J. Bowens, Marcus B. Jimison, Durham, NC, Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Cambridge, MA, James W. Myart, Jr., San Antonio, TX, for Plaintiffs.

Daniel Edward Bensing, Michael Sitcov, Susan Hall Lennon, Terry M. Henry, Elizabeth Goitein, Elbert Lin, Marsha Stelson Edney, U.S. Department of Justice, David M. Souders, Weiner Brodsky Sidman Rider PC, Washington, DC, for Defendants.


PAUL L. FRIEDMAN, District Judge.

This matter is before the Court on a motion to modify the Consent Decree filed by certain African American farmers and a motion to disqualify lead class counsel filed by a number of the same African American farmers and others. As a result, the Court again finds itself called upon to review the fairness of the Consent Decree memorializing a settlement agreement...


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