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

14 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!

  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.

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