If you know your Notice I.D. — it starts with BTC, NEW, REV, or ADD — you can check the list here of those who were issued checks; a (T) by a Notice I.D. means that TAGS fees were subtracted for that individual.
The Court has directed that a portion of the settlement class is to be sent an initial and partial distribution of net proceeds from the Co-op’s dissolution. Approximately 1800 settlement class members are being sent a distribution of up to $5670 each at this time. A review of submissions for approximately 1400 potential class members remains underway to determine who is to be sent an equivalent distribution in the first several months of 2022. If you have submitted documents but do not receive a distribution at this time, you are still being considered for the distribution to occur in early 2022.
On November 12, 2021, notices were mailed to individuals and entities that have submitted information and documentation that is deficient in some way or otherwise does not establish membership in the settlement class. Individuals and entities may submit the information materials using the “Fix my Documentation” tab above, e-mail to email@example.com, or mail to BTGCA Settlement Administrator, Attn: Deficiency Response, 1650 Arch St., Suite 2210, Philadelphia, PA 19103. The needed information/materials must be submitted so that they are received by January 11, 2022. Failure to do so will cause the individual/entity to not receive a payment.
Please see the Important Documents page on this website for up to date orders from the Court relating to the settlement.
If you grew burley tobacco in the 2015–2020 crop years in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, or Missouri, you could get money from a proposed settlement.
Pursuant to the Courts Order, entered April 19, 2021, all documentation postmarked or received on or before April 5, 2021 shall be considered timely filed. The Court has also set forth additional exceptions for individuals/entities, including the ability for any individual or entity to establish good cause for their failure to timely submit the necessary documentation. Please see the Order Granting Motion for Ruling on Additional Time for Class Members located in the Important Documents section of this website.
January 11, 2022 — Additional information/materials must be received from individuals/entities that received a deficiency mailing.
- The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association (“the Co-op”) is the subject of a lawsuit over duties owed to Co-op members and a claimed lack of any continuing purpose for the Co-op.
- A partial settlement has been reached that would result in dissolving the Co-op and paying between $2000 and $6000 each (estimated) to certain tobacco growers in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, or Missouri that are members of a settlement class certified by the Court.
- The settlement class is made up of those individuals or businesses that were a landowner, operator, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper growing burley tobacco in Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, or Missouri during at least one of the 2015–2020 crop years.
- To be confirmed as a member of the settlement class and potentially receive a payment — from a pool of Co-op assets that could be as large as $28 million — you must take certain actions detailed in the notice.
- If the settlement is approved by the Court, your legal rights will be affected whether you take action or do not take action. Read the notice carefully.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT
Check settlement class membership here
Confirm Class Membership and Send in W-9 Tax Form
|The only way to get money is to confirm settlement class membership and provide a W-9 form by January 29, 2021.|
|Establish that you are a settlement class member (if you aren’t already identified as one). The deadline for your steps to determine membership is January 29, 2021.|
|Write to the Court about why you don’t like the settlement.|
Go to a Hearing
|Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement.|
|Get no money and be bound by the terms of the settlement.|
- These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the notice.
- The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the settlement. Payments will be made if the Court approves the settlement, and after any appeals are resolved. Please be patient.