Not too much to update on the Black Farmers settlement, but some interesting updates in John Boyd’s lawsuit against the Black Farmers’ plaintiffs’ counsel.
The black farmers’ plaintiffs’ counsel (Marks and Farrin) each filed a motion to dismiss John Boyd’s lawsuit. On March 1, Boyd responded to the motion to dismiss.
Marks and Farrin had argued that Boyd cannot share in the fees collected by the Plaintiffs’ counsel in Pigford II because Boyd is not an attorney. Body responded by stating that he is not trying to share in any fees. He simply seeks payment for work he did for Marks and Farrin, “regardless of where that money comes from.”
Interestingly, Boyd’s motion claims that plaintiffs’ counsel has already received some of their requested fees. We haven’t been able to independently confirm that fact.
The judge is set to rule on Marks’ and Farrin’s motions to dismiss this month.
We’ll try to stay up to date on this related case and see if it affects the Black Farmers’ payments.