Federal Judge Orders Mediation In Blacks Farmers’ Allegations Against Stine Seed Company
Dear Members of the Press:
U. S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr. ordered a 60-day mediation in the Black farmers’ allegations that the billion-dollar Stine Seed Company sold fake soybean seeds to black farmers from Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. After hearing two hours of motions and arguments from both sides attorneys, the judge shocked all eight of Stine Seed Company’s attorneys.
“These allegations are serious,” Judge John Fowlkes said. “ These farmers are experienced in farming. The parties need to sit down and talk and reach a settlement. Mediate in good faith. The judge gave both sides until March 15 to reach a settlement.
Thomas Burrell, president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, says this was a good day for black farmers everywhere.
“We are a powerful organization that took one more step for a federal court to enforce black farmers’ civil rights,” Burrell said. “Goliath can be defeated. Remember, we have won major cases with the U. S. Department of Agriculture.”
BLACK FARMERS AND THEIR HEIRS ARE AWAITING U.S. COURT OF APPEALS RULING
October 1, 2018
The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) Inc., a 20,000-member Association of black farmers and their heirs, is waiting to hear the outcome of their $1.8 billion dollar, class-action, racial discrimination lawsuit against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is the case of the Estate of Earnest Lee Boyland (USCA Case #17-5082). The attorneys for the black farmers and their heirs made their presentation to three Judges in Washington, DC on October 1, 2018. We should be hearing from the court any day now. A press conference will be staged to release the outcome as soon as we are notified.
BLACK FARMERS’ ALLEGATIONS OF STINE SEED COMPANY SELLING FAKE SOYBEAN SEEDS GOES VIRAL. SEE THE MEDIA UPDATES HERE!!!
Judge Continues Black Farmers Lawsuit Against Stine Seed Company Until January 3
Photo Credit: Patricia A. Rogers Public Relations
Black farmers Bishop David A. Hall, Sr. (left) and Thomas Burrell, President of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, are outside of the Clifford Davis/Odell Horton, Jr. Federal Building in Memphis, Tennessee. Judge John T. Fowlkes, Jr. gives the black farmers the green light to proceed with the case on January 3, 2019.
PRESS RELEASE – PATRICIA A. ROGERS PUBLIC RELATIONS
November 14, 2018
Memphis, TN – Judge John T. Fowlkes continued the Black farmers’ class-action lawsuit against the Stine Seed Company until January 3, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
“There is quite a bit of materials that have been filed,” Judge John Fowlkes indicated to attorneys for both sides. “I have to take in account of all of the filings and the motions.” Stine’s attorneys asked for a sidebar with the judge after he asked whether there were any mediation possibilities or settlements. There are none on the table so far.
Thomas Burrell, president of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, says their class-action lawsuit against Stine is growing. Two farmers from Pine Bluff, Arkansas were in the courtroom today. They have receipts where they paid Stine Seed Company $54,000 for some allegedly fake soybean seeds.
Bishop David Hall, who purchased $100,000 in alleged fake seeds from the billion dollar seed giant, says he can’t wait until they can present their case. “The court proceeding was an opportunity to bring more evidence to light and many positive things were done to advance our case,” Bishop pointed out. “It is going to be a showdown between David verses Goliath.”
BLACK FARMERS FILE LAWSUIT CLAIMING COMPANY SWITCHED SEEDS
THE ADVISE SHOW TV REPORTS BLACK FARMERS FILE LITIGATION AGAINST STINE SEED COMPANY FOR BEING SOLD FAKE SEEDS
WMC NEWS REPORTS FRAMERS CLAIM RACIAL CONSPIRACY IN SOYBEAN SUIT
BFAA PRESIDENT THOMAS BURRELL RECEIVES A WHITE HOUSE VIP INVITATION TO HEAR PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP EXPLAIN HIS AGENDA FOR FARMERS AND RURAL AMERICA.
President Donald Trump addresses the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on January 8, 2018 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Mr. Zippy Duvall, president of (AFBF), says farmers have a friend in The White House who will deliver on behalf of farmers.
President Trump said: “We are honoring farmers in every decision we make. We are putting cash back into the pockets of our farmers and ranchers. Our farmers are our future.”
BFAA President Thomas Burrell with Secretary of Agriculture Sunny Purdue, and Dale Moore of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Bishop David Allen Hall shaking hands with the Secretary of Agriculture Sunny Purdue.
ORDER FROM UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
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BFAA, INC.’S ADVOCACY PRODUCES HUGE LEGAL WIN FOR BLACK FARMERS
On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, a panel of Federal Judges (United States Court of Appeals) agreed with BFAA, Inc.’s attorneys and denied USDA’s Motion for Summary Affirmance.
BFAA, Inc. filed a 1.8 Billion Dollar class action lawsuit in June of 2015, on behalf of thousands of claimants (filed by heirs) who were attempting to file a claim on an African American male participant in the lawsuit styled: Hispanic and Women Farmers Voluntary Claim Process in 2013. However, the claims administrator (EPIQ Systems of Portland, Oregon) contracted by USDA refused to forward claims so indicating that the claim was being filed on behalf of an African American male.
Moreover, BFAA, Inc.’s lawyers argued that the action by EPIQ Systems violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1962 (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d). TitleVI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq., was enacted as part of the landmark CivilRightsAct of 1964. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
President John F. Kennedy said in 1963: Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races [colors, and national origins][/colors,] contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, entrenches, subsidizes or results in racial [color or national origin][/color] discrimination.
Accordingly, the judges went on to say: “Because the court has determined that summary disposition is not in order, the Clerk is instructed to calendar this case for presentation to a merits panel.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was very much aware of the discrimination by the government (U.S.D.A.) against Black Farmers, Sharecroppers, and their heirs; he also advocated for lawsuit settlement checks.