Claims Resolution Act Law and Legal Definition

The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 is a federal law that provides a remedial measure for discriminated farmers in the U.S.

The Act enacted was enacted as a response to the Pigford v. Glickman, 206 F.3d 1212 (D.C. Cir. 2000), where black farmers were found to have been discriminated against from 1983 to 1997 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture when applying for loans and assistants to start and maintain farms. The lawsuit ended with a settlement in which the U.S. government agreed to pay African American farmers US$50,000 each if they had attempted to get USDA help but failed. To date, almost US$1 billion has been paid or credited to the farmers under the settlement's consent decree.