On April 2, 2013, Judge Walton ordered the following schedule for proceeding with Love et al. v. Veneman (Female Farmers discrimination case)…
1. Plaintiffs’ counsel shall identify each named plaintiff who intends to proceed with this litigation (as opposed to participating in the government’s administrative claims process) on or before May 6, 2013;
2. The defendant may file a motion to transfer as to any remaining plaintiffs on or before June 6, 2013, with the plaintiffs’ opposition brief due on or before July 22, 2013, and the defendant’s reply brief due on or before August 22, 2013; upon resolution of the defendant’s motion(s) to transfer, if any, the Court will set a further schedule in this case;
3. If the defendant chooses not to file any motion to transfer, it shall notify the Court of this decision on or before June 6, 2013, at which time the Court will set deadlines for the defendant to file any pre-discovery dispositive motions or to answer the complaint; and
4. The defendant shall file a motion to end the tolling of the statute of limitations presently in effect for putative plaintiffs, specifying a date on which the tolling would cease that would be no sooner than 45 days from the date of the Order granting the motion, on or after May 28, 2013, with the plaintiffs’ opposition brief due within 30 days of the motion, and the defendant’s reply brief due within 45 days of the motion.
This order basically sets forth how the case should proceed once the deadline for the Administrative Claims process is reached. This could lead to a future class action settlement if the case settles. However, those persons who have filed a claim under the Administrative claims process will likely not be allowed to also file a claim under any potential class action settlement. Questions about this should be referred to your lawyer.