Class Eligibility

The class includes all individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and other entities that are or were shareholders and/or members of U.S. Tobacco at any time since the date of U.S. Tobacco’s incorporation on June 1, 1946 until the date the settlement goes into effect, without any exclusion, including any heirs, representatives, executors, powers-of-attorney, successors, assigns, or others purporting to act for or on their behalf.

Estimated Amount

Varies

We do not know at this point how much any individual class member may receive. The settlement fund will be divided into two groups (Group 1 and Group 2), each with different distribution rules.

Group 1 is expected to comprise 75% of the settlement fund and will be distributed to class members on a pro rata basis, determined by the total pounds of flue-cured tobacco each member marketed and sold relative to the total pounds of flue-cured tobacco from all members who submit a Group 1 claim. Distributions for Group 1 claims will be capped at $15,000 per claimant.

Group 2 is expected to comprise 25% of the settlement fund and will be distributed to class members on a pro rata basis, determined by the total number of crop years that each member marketed and sold flue-cured tobacco relative to the total number of crop years of all members who submit a Group 2 claim.

Proof of Purchase

Yes

Case Name

Speaks v. U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, Inc.,
No. 5:12-CV-729-D
United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Case Summary

The proposed settlement is for a class action lawsuit brought by former members of the U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (“U.S. Tobacco”) against U.S. Tobacco, claiming that U.S. Tobacco accumulated funds over the years that should be distributed to members and that it acted unfairly and improperly with respect to the members’ equity interests.

Settlement Pool

$24,000,000

Deadline

05/26/18

Contact


1-866-458-3207

68 responses to “Flue Cured Tobacco Growers Class Action Settlement”

  1. Karen says:

    Are you able to make a claim if you owned shares via a mutual fund?

    ADMIN – Hi Karen,

    I don’t know. You need to contact the class action administrator to obtain clarification.

  2. Joan humes says:

    I’m unclear still on group 1 or group 2, had poundage yearly for number of years

    ADMIN – Hi Joan,

    Reach out to the class action admin to obtain clarification.

  3. Pierre waller says:

    The Union County Jail in Elizabeth New Jersey was giving up products for tobacco since 1995 until they stop giving him out

    ADMIN – Hi Pierre,

    Getting free tobacco in prison does not make you a member of this class.

    • Frank says:

      Lol! The comment section on this site is gold

      ADMIN – Hi Frank,

      Platinum, please don’t be calling us soft, pliable and shiny!

      • Crying Out Loud says:

        Titanium! I cannot believe the sheer number of idiotic comments that this site draws on virtually every case under litigation. Even more funny are the ones where people think they have filed a claim just by the act of commenting here or requesting you do it for them. I’m quite certain that is not a service provided here.

        • A Tech-savvy Millennial says:

          Bless these people’s little hearts…

          Thankfully my parents had enough common sense to ask for my help with researching and submitting their claim.

  4. Lucille says:

    How does sharecrops rate in this class action rebate?

    ADMIN – Hi Lucille,

    The class eligibility reads as follows:
    The class includes all individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and other entities that are or were shareholders and/or members of U.S. Tobacco at any time since the date of U.S. Tobacco’s incorporation on June 1, 1946 until the date the settlement goes into effect, without any exclusion, including any heirs, representatives, executors, powers-of-attorney, successors, assigns, or others purporting to act for or on their behalf.

    If the sharecropper was a member of U.S Tobacco during the qualified period he or she is most likely a class member.

  5. Kathy Hill Jones says:

    Hi my mother and father grew tobacco in NC from so time in the 40s until early 80s. Would this Make them a member

    ADMIN – Hi Kathy,

    Class eligibility is as follows:
    The class includes all individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and other entities that are or were shareholders and/or members of U.S. Tobacco at any time since the date of U.S. Tobacco’s incorporation on June 1, 1946 until the date the settlement goes into effect, without any exclusion, including any heirs, representatives, executors, powers-of-attorney, successors, assigns, or others purporting to act for or on their behalf.

  6. Gladys Mabry Stevenson says:

    Sharecroppers most definitely receive some money from this class action settlement. I was born in 1948, and my parents were sharecroppers before my birth until they finally moved from the farm in 1980.

    I plan to submit a claim on their behalf. Hopefully, the administrators will be considerate and allow their heirs to receive some compensation from this settlement.

  7. Rebecca Amos says:

    My grandfather raised tobacco and flue cured it. How can I find out if he was a shareholder or US tobacco member?

    ADMIN – Hi Rebecca,

    You can contact the cooperative:
    https://www.usleaf.com

  8. Shirley manning says:

    My mother and father raised tobacco,I was born in1946,worked in tobacco for twenty years.

    • Sally Hunt Strickland says:

      Other, family members received money from the farm but I didn’t and I did file but I get any thing from it can you please tell me

      ADMIN – Hi Sally,

      I can’t. You need to reach out to the class action administrator.

  9. willard grice says:

    I worked in tobccco from 1948 to 1968.for mamma and daddy.
    willardgrice@att.net nov.8 2017

    ADMIN – Hi Willard,

    If you believe you are a class member by all means file a claim.

  10. Dorothy Tarry Barnes says:

    I worked in tobacco helping my mother and father for years. They had up to 110 acres. I also helped my grandparents. I was born in 1952. I had applied once before but applied to late. How will I be contacted?

    ADMIN – Hi Dorothy,

    If you believe you are a member of the class, file a claim using the link we provided.

  11. Michelle Souza says:

    What is the class action suit for the people who have lossed loved ones due to lung cancer caused by tobacco? Or my deteriorating health due to tobacco?

    ADMIN – Hi Michelle,

    There is no such thing.

  12. Leon Dunn says:

    If I participated in the buyout program several years ago am I eligible to participate in this program?

    ADMIN – Hi Leon,

    I don’t see an exclusion on the terms but you are better off reaching out to the class action administrator.

  13. Patricia Deaver Richardson says:

    Both my parents my entire family farmed tobacco, but my parents is deceased and I don’t still have any of the tobacco information only in knowledge. Can I still apply for them.

    ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

    Please reach out to the class action administrator to obtain clarification.

    • Elton Sermons Jr. says:

      Hi Debbie on the claim forms for the settlement where it says U.S.Tobacco or Stabilization Member No:
      I was told at the office where I picked the claim forms up that a social security number can be entered, my question to you is what social security number the person that is filing the claim or what ? My next question is that between the years the claim forms indicates I have no records of how much tobacco was sold, if needed how can I obtain these records, also to mention is that I am a heir seeking this settlement.

      • Michael King says:

        The vast majority of tobacco marketplaces that existed in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s closed by 1970; their records were not considered historically significant at the time, so, they were simply tossed or destroyed. I was about to give up on locating anything for this settlement until my aunt, a hoarder, passed away.

        I have spent 250+ hours researching and prepping the documentation I have for this settlement; 95%+ of it is supporting evidence in the form of public records obtained from online government databases and offline university historical archives.

        I highly recommend reaching out to members of your family, they will be your best shot at locating something for this settlement.

        Remember, you only need to submit a claim by May 26th, 2018; you CAN always submit documentation/records after the deadline by sending them to the Settlement Administrator as a claim adjustment/modification.

        It’s in the fine print, read it.

  14. cindy says:

    can income records be proof for the poundage if you have the yearly income amount received?

    ADMIN – Hi Cindy,

    We don’t know. Please contact the class action admin.

    • Michael King says:

      It largely depends on the year the tobacco was grown in. Agricultural census records of North Carolina from the 1940s through the 1950s indicate that, on average, only 10 to 25% of a total farm’s land was dedicated to tobacco; therefore, income alone is an insufficient indicator of pounds sold. Nearly all farms grew a variety of crops because of the labor-intensive nature of tobacco.

      This trend changed during the 60s, during the industrialization of tobacco production when the number of tobacco farmers decreased year over year. It was during this period the first large tobacco only production farms came into existence, a trend that would continue throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The pounds of tobacco harvested per acre more than doubled from the late 1940s to late 1960s.

      Knowing these facts, using income alone to estimate tobacco production for the first 20 to 30 years of this settlement cannot be done. The further you get from the 70s to the present, the more reliable an indicator income becomes, with a considerable margin of error at play.

  15. Heather Swift says:

    There’s so many to read through. Where do I begin?

    ADMIN – Hi Heather,

    You begin at the very top.

  16. Harry McGee says:

    Anyone have a phone number to call and talk to a live person for information? I have 866-458-3207, that is a recording.

    ADMIN – Hi Harry,

    Try class counsel

    Gary K. Shipman and William G. Wright
    Shipman & Wright, LLP

    575 Military Cutoff Road,Suite 106

    Wilmington, NC 28405

    1-910-762-1990

  17. SIDNEY SWINNEY says:

    want to what was the Jan. 19th,2018 court hearingresults

    ADMIN – Hi Sidney,

    The class action administrator has not updated their page with the results of this hearing.

  18. K. McLean says:

    The link did not work. Could you provide another link or phone number?

    ADMIN – Hi K,

    I just tested the link and it works.

  19. GB Chavis says:

    Hi, my father was a tobacco grower and seller here in North Carolina in the late 40’s, entire 50’s and early 60’s. He is now deceased. I’m the executor of his estate and unfortunately have not been able to locate any documentation to verify he grew and sold tobacco. Do you have any info or links to websites that can help me locate his sales receipts, tobacco sales ID# or verification of his tobacco sales here in NC?

    Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

    ADMIN – Hi Mr. Davis,

    I don’t

  20. John W Roberson says:

    I was a farmer almost 40 to 50 years I grew to back up about 45 years and I’ve been quit a good while and my father farmed about. 60 years he died in 95 how do I file a separate file

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    Reach out to the class action administrator for clarification.

  21. Bobbie Powell says:

    If I worked on a farm that grew tobacca can I apply for the settlement.

    ADMIN – Hi Bobbie,

    The class includes all individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and other entities that are or were shareholders and/or members of U.S. Tobacco at any time since the date of U.S. Tobacco’s incorporation on June 1, 1946 until the date the settlement goes into effect, without any exclusion, including any heirs, representatives, executors, powers-of-attorney, successors, assigns, or others purporting to act for or on their behalf.

  22. pauline manuel says:

    Is there a Claim Form examples on how to fill out the form …

    ADMIN – Hi Pauline,

    You will need to contact the class action administrator directly to ask this question.

  23. Teresa says:

    On the application if I’m filing for my deceased parents which one is the member and which one the claimaint

    ADMIN – Hi Teresa,

    You are the claimant.

  24. Doretha Highsmith says:

    I applied for the flue cured tobacco settlement when will I get information

    ADMIN – Hi Doretha,

    Good for you. Hopefully you will receive a share of the settlement.

  25. Glendale Newkirk says:

    my grandfather and grandmother had tobacco for atleast 10 years or longer how would I calculate the lbs, on 13 acrers.

    ADMIN – Hi Glendale,

    You would need to refer to their historical records. Most farmers keep a ledger book with this info.

  26. Milton Upchurch says:

    Hello.i worked on a tobacco farm with my uncle and also worked with my dad on a tobacco farm .does this intitle me to be able to fill out a application claim form .is there a number to call to get the right answer to this question .

    ADMIN – Hi Milton,

    Here is the #

    1-866-458-3207

  27. Debbie Brown says:

    My siblings and I worked with father on farms as while he was a sharecropper. Does this make us elible?

    ADMIN – Hi Debbie,

    Here are the terms:

    The class includes all individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and other entities that are or were shareholders and/or members of U.S. Tobacco at any time since the date of U.S. Tobacco’s incorporation on June 1, 1946 until the date the settlement goes into effect, without any exclusion, including any heirs, representatives, executors, powers-of-attorney, successors, assigns, or others purporting to act for or on their behalf.

  28. Eunice Herring says:

    How soon after May 26 2018 closing date will checks be distributed?

    ADMIN – Hi Eunice,

    We don’t know at the moment.

  29. Jeanne Grant says:

    I am jeanne k. Grant and my Grandpa raised tobacco for 59 years and my father share crop tobacco & raise for 25 years. I have applied for this settlement.

    ADMIN – Hi Jeanne,

    Thanks for letting us know.

  30. Patricia Townsend says:

    My mother father and mother were both sharecroppers alone with my fathers father and his brother and sister was all share croppers. Are they entitle for this settlement? How can I find out if they were members? How can I get information on how much they sold and the number of crop years?

    ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

    You can reach out to the class action administrator.

  31. Micah Ketter says:

    thanks for the info

  32. Wanda Artis says:

    Thirthy days ago my claim form was already mailed in as of today May 29 how can I now get my claim number .The Post Office date on my claim form was mailed way before the deadline of May 26 the cut off date.

    ADMIN – Hi Wanda,

    You can reach out to the class action administrator to confirm that they received it.

  33. Wanda Artis says:

    How can I still get my claim number as of today May 29 2018 my clsim form was mailed 30 days ago before Closed date of May 26.

    ADMIN – Hi Wanda,

    Did you mail it certified?

  34. kip roberson says:

    Will you be able to file late for a claim if you miss the period.

    ADMIN – Hi Kip,

    I don’t think so.

  35. David Lovell says:

    Hi.. I have a claim #. 7298..and was told it’s approved… please can you tell me when it will be mailed.. Thanks, David Lovell.. member number G0993398..SS# 250-29-2557..

    ADMIN – Hi David,

    We are not the class action administrators thus we are unable to provide info on specific claims.

  36. Yvonne RegisterWilliams says:

    I like to know if my claim recevie

    ADMIN – Hi Yvonne,

    To find out if your claim was received and processed you need to contact the class action administrator.

  37. Sharon Blanding says:

    Hi i mailed mines off two months now my father’s an my mother’s one month how to no to get claim number

    ADMIN – Hi Sharon,

    What are you trying to say?

  38. Golden Chandler says:

    Do you know how long it takes to receive the payment, it’s been 2 months since I sent it in online?

    ADMIN – Hi Golden,

    I believe this is not yet at the stage of payment.

  39. Louis Speller says:

    I received a notice for the class action and somehow the notice was misplaced until this week. I would like to know if there will be a chance for those who did not reply on time to become a part of the settlement?

    ADMIN – Hi Louis,

    I don’t think there is.

  40. Valerie says:

    When is the deadline for knowing if your claim was approved?

    ADMIN – Hi Valerie,

    There is not a deadline to find out if a claim was approved.

  41. Valerie says:

    How can I find out if I am getting a payment?

    ADMIN – Hi Valerie,

    By contacting the class action administrator.

  42. William Smith says:

    How long before the settlement will begin paying out any money to those who filed a claim?

    ADMIN – Hi William,

    The class action administrator has not yet provided us with an update.

  43. Valerie says:

    May I please have the administrator’s direct number. The number that I have is a recording with no updates.

    ADMIN – Hi Valerie,

    Here is the number for class counsel.

  44. Gary Thompson says:

    it looks like the tobacco company lawyers have a good plan in place to reduce the number of claims. I see few people alive that were members during the indicated time frames. Their off springs are required to produce documentation that proves that their parents or grandparents did comply with attorneys guidelines. Lets see- documents lost because of time frame , destroyed by fire, flood or thrown away by mistake.
    They are now controlling, limiting, and earning their wages, while the relatives are left with few ways to obtain what should be easy steps to acquire what should be fairly easy to show through heirs, and estates that the funds truly belong to them and not remain in the possession of the large tobacco companies and their hired powerful, and skillful attorneys, who will be paid with funds that should be ear-marked to relatives and administrators.

  45. Sandra johnson says:

    I sent in a claim form being an heir in November and my question is do I call to see if received or was I to be notified. Let me know what I need to do next, thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Sandra,

    If you require an update you can always reach out to the class action administrator.

  46. Harold. Turner says:

    I have a question is there saying when the money is going to be released in September question

    ADMIN – Hi Harold,

    I don’t have the specifics but you can always reach out to class action administration.

  47. Sharon D Blanding says:

    I sent my two apprcations three months ago I haven’t hard anything I need the number to call if I was approved thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Sharon,

    Scroll up to locate the number under contacts.

  48. Sharon D Blanding says:

    When is the money coming will I no in September an what date.

    ADMIN – Hi Sharon,

    Call the administrator using the number provided to ask.

  49. Sharon D Blanding says:

    What’s the administration number

    ADMIN – Hi Sharon,

    1-866-458-3207

  50. Sandra L. says:

    I submitted my claim in April, I was not sure which group I should check after reading and discussing with family we were told to check both. How can we make this adjustment or is it to late?

    ADMIN – Hi Sandra,

    Reach out to the class action administrator.

  51. Glenn Mitchell says:

    Will the payment out be sent out soon… I called the number to the settlement Administrator and listened to the recording. Please update the recording massage.. Thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Glenn,

    We are not the class action administrators

  52. Harrison Jones says:

    Hello my name Harrison Jones I filed an application for a settlement and I am the claimant for my deceased father.When should we hear back from the settlement administration?

    ADMIN – Hi Harrison,

    There are no updated dates for this settlement yet.

  53. Deborah Alston says:

    What number or process do you have to see if you were approved?

    ADMIN – Hi Deborah,

    Scroll up. We have included the info for the class action administrator.

  54. Sharon D Blanding says:

    Hey 6 months i sent my application in no one telling me anything when is a update it’s taking so long to here an please don’t tell me your not the administrator I know that thanks I just want to no it’s September now like the recording said we should no something..

    ADMIN – Hi Sharon,

    Nobody has yet reported receiving checks.

    • Ronald says:

      There is a recording on the phone number that states that someone has appealed and they have it up for an expedited hearing to settle the appeal this month. Waiting for the outcome of the appeal then checks will start being dispensed. No checks can be sent out while in the appeal process

  55. Valerie says:

    Have the rejected claim letters gone out yet. I know that it can be very stressful not knowing for sure if your claim was approved or not.

    ADMIN – Hi Valerie,

    Why is it stressing you out? No rejection letters yet.

  56. Valerie says:

    I know NOT knowing whether your claim has been accepted can be very frustrating. Please let me know if the rejection letters have gone out.

    ADMIN – Hi Valerie,

    That question can be best answered baby the class action administrator or class counsel.

  57. Sharon D Blanding says:

    It has been bout 7/8 months I want to no update one

    ADMIN – Hi Sharon,

    That is not uncommon with class action settlements

  58. Curt boone says:

    I didn’t know about this. The deadline has passed can I still make a claim.

    ADMIN – Hi Curt,

    No

  59. Jacqueline N Johnson says:

    Hello
    I am wondering when the settlement will be dispersed?

    ADMIN – Hi Jaqueline,

    Have you reached out to the class action admin?

  60. Harold. Turner says:

    What is the class-action membership number

    ADMIN – Hi Harold,

    Is a unique identifier for class members.

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