Judge Nixes Black Farmers’ Discovery Bid In Loan Relief Suit

By Caleb Symons (April 25, 2022, 5:01 p.m. EDT) — Discovery is set to end in late June in a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by a group of white farmers against the U.S. government, after a federal judge in Texas refused an offer from the Black Farmers’ Association to proceed with fact-finding and extend the experts’ discovery by eight weeks.

In Friday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor said the Southern Cooperative Federation/Land Assistance Fund had not given “sufficient reason” for the court to open fact finding a year later. that white farmers challenged an Agriculture Department debt relief program. .

The decision upheld a programming order that Judge O’Connor finalized earlier this month, which…

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