Judge Friedman Rules on the Motion to Participate. Also, more checks for the Ombudsman…
First, on May 7, 2013, Judge Friedman denied the Motion to Participate in Claims Process for the Pigford II Settlement filed by three black farmers who had claimed that they were wrongfully denied by the Settlement Administrator in Pigford I.
The Court stated that it had no authority to allow the farmers to participate because they had already received a “decision on the merits” in Pigford I when they were denied. Even if the farmers felt a mistake had been made, their remedy was to petition the Monitor to review the Adjudicator’s decision, which they did not do. Therefore, the Court cannot grant these farmers late filing status and make them part of the Pigford II class.
Second, on May 7, 2013, Judge Friedman issued an order approving payment of the Ombudsman’s invoice for October 2012 in the amount of $28,209.85.
From this money, $19,135.75 will be paid to the Ombudsman and $9,074.10 will be paid to the Deputy Ombudsman.
Judge Friedman once again ordered that the Court must pay the Ombudsman within 15 days from today.
This payment may include a small part of the $375,000 the Ombudsman requested for its fees through February 2013.
The Ombudsman’s webpage was recently updated on May 2nd but did not appear to provide any new information.