Case: Love v. Vilsack

1:00-cv-02502 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: Oct. 19, 2000

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Case Summary

On October 19, 2000, a group of women farmers and ranchers filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture ("USDA") in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged in their complaint that the USDA had engaged in systematic discrimination against women farmers in ranchers in its farm loan and loan servicing programs. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that women had been denied the opportunity to apply for loans i…

On October 19, 2000, a group of women farmers and ranchers filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture ("USDA") in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged in their complaint that the USDA had engaged in systematic discrimination against women farmers in ranchers in its farm loan and loan servicing programs. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that women had been denied the opportunity to apply for loans in the USDA "Minority and Socially Disadvantaged Program" (which listed women as eligible applicants), and experienced delayed loan processing and servicing, all due to gender discrimination. Additionally, the plaintiffs alleged that the USDA failed to investigate discrimination complaints brought to their attention, and also ignored reports from the Office of the Inspector General and Civil Rights Action Team, which described widespread failure to respond to complaints and keep records, and a lack of accountability regarding resolving these issues. Plaintiffs brought this action under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act ("ECOA"), 15 U.S.C. § 1691, the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201, and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), 5 U.S.C. § 551. They sought a declaration that the USDA's discriminatory practices were unlawful, compensatory damages of at least $3,000,000,000, and an order prohibiting discrimination and mandating full and timely enforcement of civil rights complaints.

On January, 11, 2001, USDA moved to dismiss the plaintiffs' complaint, pointing to the availability of alternative administrative remedies, time-bars, and the unavailability of APA claims when other causes of action are available. On February 20, 2001, the plaintiffs' moved for a preliminary injunction, asking the court to order the USDA to align their practices with the requirements of ECOA. The same day, the plaintiffs moved to certify a class of "Women, minorities and other protected participants in FSA's farm programs who petitioned, or would have petitioned had they not been induced, tricked, or otherwise prevented from timely filing a complaint, the USDA at any time between 1/1/1981, and 12/31/1999, for relief from acts of discrimination visited on them, as they tried to participate in such farm programs and who, because of the failings in the USDA civil rights complaint processing system [], were denied equal protection under the laws of the United States and deprived of due process in the handling of their discrimination complaints."

District Court Judge James Robertson entered an order on March 2, 2001, denying the plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction. On December 13, 2001, Judge Robertson entered an order granting in part and denying in part USDA's motion to dismiss. Judge Robertson dismissed the APA and ECOA failure to investigate claims. 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25201 (D.D.C. 2001). The plaintiffs appealed this decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Judge Robertson entered an order on September 29, 2004, denying plaintiffs' motion to certify the class, stating that the class lacked a showing of commonality stemming from a common policy of discrimination. 224 F.R.D. 240 (D.D.C. 2004). The plaintiffs filed an appeal of this order, which the Court of Appeals joined with the previous appeal regarding Judge Robertson's dismissal of the APA and ECOA claims. On March 3, 2006, the Court of Appeals (Judge David B. Sentelle) entered a judgment affirming in part and reversing in part. The Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of class certification and the dismissal of the failure to investigate claim under ECOA, but remanded the failure to investigate claim under the APA. 439 F.3d 723 (D.C. Cir. 2006). On May 19, 2006, District Court Judge Robertson entered a stay on the case.

On November 30, 2007, Judge Robertson, after reviewing his decision regarding the failure to investigate claims under the APA, again dismissed the APA claim and the non-credit discrimination claims. 525 F. Supp. 2d 155 (D.D.C. 2007). Judge Robertson ruled that when a victim of discrimination can sue directly remedy her injury, no action lies under the APA for failure to adequately investigate, monitor, or police that discrimination. The plaintiffs appealed this decision. On December 4, 2007, Judge Robertson continued the extant stay on the case. On April 24, 2009, the Court of Appeals (Judge Judith W. Rogers) affirmed the District Court's decision in this case and the similar decision in the Hispanic farmers discrimination case, Garcia v. Vilsack, except remanded the District Court's dismissal of the non-credit disaster claims. 563 F.3d 519 (D.C. Cir. 2009).

On July 19, 2010, District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton stayed the case pending settlement negotiations. On March 23, 2011, approximately 286 individuals entered a motion to intervene. However, this was held in abeyance by Judge Walton pending the stay.

In response to USDA's settlement proposal (which included an administrative claims framework), the plaintiffs filed their fourth amended complaint on July 13, 2012. The new complaint included a new series of counts, alleging that USDA had discriminated against women farmers by offering them an inferior settlement framework compared to the more generous frameworks given to African American and Native Americans who brought similar discrimination suits. In those counts, the plaintiffs asserted that the proposed framework was inferior because it appropriated much less money to the administrative claims process than the other settlements, required more evidence of discrimination, and since there was no certified class, the plaintiffs had no guaranteed access to counsel. The plaintiffs entered a putative class of "Women farmers who wish to apply for relief through USDA's administrative claims program for women farmers, but who, due to USDA's decision in offering a different program for women farmers, do not have the opportunity to apply for relief on equally beneficial terms to those offered by USDA to similarly situated African Americans and Native Americans." USDA moved to dismiss these additional count for lack of standing on September 24, 2012. The same day, USDA launched the "Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claim Resolution Process." This claims process was open for 180 days, ending on March 25, 2013. The deadline was eventually extended to May 1, 2013.

On October 15, 2012, the plaintiffs moved for summary judgment. USDA moved to stay the case on November 2, which Judge Walton granted on November 18. On December 11, 2012, Judge Walton entered an order dismissing the plaintiffs' claims regarding the discriminatory framework proposal, and denying their motion for summary judgment. 908 F. Supp. 2d 139 (D.D.C. 2012). However, the counts related to declaratory judgment and violation of the ECOA remain.

On April 4, 2013, the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, Inc. moved to intervene in this suit. Both parties opposed this motion. On June 13, 2014, the Court (Judge Robert E. Payne) denied the Motion to Intervene. 304 F.R.D. 77. The BFAA appealed, and the appellate court denied the motions as moot given the passage of time and procedural posture of the case. 2014 WL 6725751.

As of March 13, 2015, the administrator of the Claim Resolution Processed had received over 53,000 claims, 22,163 of which were deemed timely, and complete. The administrator then sorted eligible claims into three tiers with awards of up to $250,000. As of March 2015, all eight plaintiffs who participated in the program had been mailed their funds. In all, the administrator approved and paid out a total of 3,210 claims.

On April 8, 2015, the Plaintiffs moved to dismiss the first two counts of their original claim (alleging discrimination when seeking farm loans) and to reinstate counts III through VI of their amended claim (alleging discrimination in the more recent claims administration process.) On November 14, 2016, Judge Walton granted the Plaintiffs' motion to dismiss and denied their motion to reinstate, at which point all the Plaintiffs' claims were dismissed. The Plaintiffs requested reinstatement of several claims from their fourth amended complaint, which was denied. The Plaintiffs were then only allowed to file separately for an award of fees, costs, and expenses. The Plaintiffs' request for fees was denied on May 7, 2018.

The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Dan Osher (7/13/2013)

Rachel Carpman (10/12/2018)

Related Cases

Garcia v. Vilsack, District of Columbia (2000)

Cantu v. United States, District of Columbia (2011)

People

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Judge(s)

Robertson, James (District of Columbia)

Rogers, Judith Ann Wilson (District of Columbia)

Sentelle, David Bryan (District of Columbia)

Walton, Reggie B. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Andersen, Alison L. (District of Columbia)

Behravesh, Rebecca S (District of Columbia)

Boggs, Roderic Van Oesen (District of Columbia)

Chestnut, J. L. Jr. (Alabama)

Dunne, Kristine J (District of Columbia)

Fleischaker, Marc L (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Robertson, James (District of Columbia)

Rogers, Judith Ann Wilson (District of Columbia)

Sentelle, David Bryan (District of Columbia)

Walton, Reggie B. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Andersen, Alison L. (District of Columbia)

Behravesh, Rebecca S (District of Columbia)

Boggs, Roderic Van Oesen (District of Columbia)

Chestnut, J. L. Jr. (Alabama)

Dunne, Kristine J (District of Columbia)

Fleischaker, Marc L (District of Columbia)

Fraas, Philip L (District of Columbia)

Huhta, Susan E. (District of Columbia)

Johnson, Kristen Marie Jarvis (District of Columbia)

Pires, Alexander John Jr. (District of Columbia)

Read, Emily B. (District of Columbia)

Wahl, Barbara S. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cohen, Vincent H. (District of Columbia)

Millet, Thomas (District of Columbia)

Mizer, Benjamin C. (District of Columbia)

Quinlivan, Mark T (District of Columbia)

Rabinovitz, Joshua Z. (District of Columbia)

Sitcov, Michael (District of Columbia)

Wechsler, Peter T. (Massachusetts)

Wells, Carlotta (District of Columbia)

Other Attorney(s)

Chew, Benjamin G (District of Columbia)

Edwards, Christal E (Maryland)

Varma, Anurag (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:00-cv-02502

Docket [PACER]

Love v. Veneman

Nov. 1, 2017

Nov. 1, 2017

Docket
1

1:00-cv-02502

Class Action Complaint

Love v. Glickman

Oct. 19, 2000

Oct. 19, 2000

Complaint
28

1:00-cv-02502

Memorandum

Love v. Veneman

Dec. 13, 2001

Dec. 13, 2001

Order/Opinion
66

1:00-cv-02502

Memorandum Order Denying Class Certification

Love v. Veneman

224 F.R.D. 240

Sept. 29, 2004

Sept. 29, 2004

Order/Opinion
953116

04-05449

USCA Opinion

Love v. Johanns

U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

439 F.3d 723

March 3, 2006

March 3, 2006

Order/Opinion
93

1:00-cv-02502

Memorandum

Love v. Connor

525 F.Supp.2d 155

Nov. 30, 2007

Nov. 30, 2007

Order/Opinion
1177401

08-05110

USCA Opinion

Garcia v. Vilsack; Love v. Vilsack

U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

563 F.3d 519

April 24, 2009

April 24, 2009

Order/Opinion
160

1:00-cv-02502

Fourth Amended and Supplemented Complaint

July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012

Complaint
176

1:00-cv-02502

Memorandum

908 F.Supp.2d 139

Dec. 11, 2012

Dec. 11, 2012

Order/Opinion
219

1:00-cv-02502

Memorandum Opinion

304 F.R.D. 85

June 13, 2014

June 13, 2014

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4215022/love-v-veneman/

Last updated July 23, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT against DAN GLICKMAN ( Filing fee $150 ). Filed by GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, MARGARET ODOM; exhibits (A-G)not scanned; can be found in the Clerk's Office. (adc) Modified on 3/5/2001 (adc, ). (Entered: 03/05/2001)

Oct. 19, 2000

Oct. 19, 2000

RECAP
2

NOTICE of related case: Case related to Case No(s): 00-2445 by GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, MARGARET ODOM. (adc, ) (Entered: 03/05/2001)

Oct. 19, 2000

Oct. 19, 2000

PACER

SUMMONS (3) Issued as to DAN GLICKMAN, U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney General (adc)

Oct. 19, 2000

Oct. 19, 2000

PACER

Case Reassigned from Judge Oberdorfer to Judge James Robertson by direction of the Calendar Committee. (adc)

Oct. 25, 2000

Oct. 25, 2000

PACER
3

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 to plaintiff's complaint by DAN GLICKMAN. (adc, ) (Entered: 03/20/2001)

Dec. 15, 2000

Dec. 15, 2000

PACER
4

ORDER granting Motion for Extension of Time to Answer re 1 3 ; defendant shall file a responsive pleading to plaintiffs' complaint on or before 12/29/00 .Signed by Judge James Robertson on 12/18/00. (adc) Modified on 3/20/2001 (adc, ). (Entered: 03/20/2001)

Dec. 18, 2000

Dec. 18, 2000

PACER
5

MOTION for status conference by GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, MARGARET ODOM. (adc, ) Modified on 3/22/2001 (adc, ). (Entered: 03/22/2001)

Dec. 22, 2000

Dec. 22, 2000

PACER
6

AMENDED COMPLAINT by plaintiffs ROSEMARY LOVE, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, MARGARET ODOM, GAIL LENNON and JAMES MURNION adding plaintiffs JOANN NEUZIL, LORRAINE DONNA BOERS, ELLA MAE GARNER, JOYCE L. ACOMB, MARGARET STRAUSER, SHERIDAN SYLVESTER, SANDRA BENNETT amending complaint. Filed by JOANN NEUZIL. (adc, ) (Entered: 03/29/2001)

Dec. 27, 2000

Dec. 27, 2000

PACER
7

MOTION for Leave to File a memorandum of law in excess of forty-five pages; exhibits (4) and Exhibit (memorandum of points and authorities in support of defendant's motion to dismiss and to strike class action allegations by DAN GLICKMAN. (adc, ) (Entered: 03/29/2001)

Jan. 11, 2001

Jan. 11, 2001

PACER
8

MOTION to Dismiss and, MOTION to Strike class action allegations by DAN GLICKMAN. (adc, ) (Entered: 03/29/2001)

Jan. 11, 2001

Jan. 11, 2001

PACER
9

MOTION for Extension of Time to File plaintiff's motion for class certification by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM. (adc, ) (Entered: 04/02/2001)

Jan. 23, 2001

Jan. 23, 2001

PACER
10

ORDER granting Motion for Extension of Time to File motion for class certification 9 ; motion due 2/20/01 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on 1/25/01. (adc, ) (Entered: 04/02/2001)

Jan. 25, 2001

Jan. 25, 2001

PACER

Set Deadlines: Motion for class certification due by 2/20/2001. (adc)

Jan. 25, 2001

Jan. 25, 2001

PACER
11

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response re 8 to defendants' motion to dismiss and to strike class action allegations by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM. (adc, ) Modified on 4/2/2001 (adc, ). (Entered: 04/02/2001)

Jan. 25, 2001

Jan. 25, 2001

PACER

Calendar Entry Status Conference set for 2/6/2001 10:00 AM before Judge James Robertson in Courtroom 16. (adc)

Feb. 2, 2001

Feb. 2, 2001

PACER
12

ORDER granting Motion for Leave to File 7 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on February 6,2001. (adc) (Entered: 04/05/2001)

Feb. 6, 2001

Feb. 6, 2001

PACER
13

ORDER granting Motion for Extension of Time to File Response re 11 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on February 6, 2001. (adc) (Entered: 04/05/2001)

Feb. 6, 2001

Feb. 6, 2001

PACER

Minute Entry: Status Conference held on 2/6/2001 before James Robertson. OTBP. (Court Reporter Dennis Dinkel.) (adc)

Feb. 6, 2001

Feb. 6, 2001

PACER
14

MOTION for Leave to File second amended class action complaint by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM; EXHIBIT (SECOND CLASS ACTION AMENDED COMPLAINT-HELD BY DOCKET CLERK). (adc) Modified on 4/6/2001 (adc). (Entered: 04/06/2001)

Feb. 20, 2001

Feb. 20, 2001

PACER
15

MOTION to Certify Class by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1memorandum of points and authorities # 2 Exhibits (A-D)(adc) Modified on 4/6/2001 (adc). (Entered: 04/06/2001)

Feb. 20, 2001

Feb. 20, 2001

PACER
16

MOTION for Preliminary Injunction by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1)(adc, ) (Entered: 04/06/2001)

1

View on PACER

Feb. 20, 2001

Feb. 20, 2001

PACER
17

RESPONSE in Opposition re 8 to defendant's motion to dismiss and to strike class action allegations filed by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(adc, ) (Entered: 04/06/2001)

Feb. 26, 2001

Feb. 26, 2001

PACER
18

RESPONSE in Opposition re 16 plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction filed by ANN VENEMAN. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(adc, ) (Entered: 04/06/2001)

Feb. 27, 2001

Feb. 27, 2001

PACER
19

ORDER denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction 16 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on 3/2/01. (adc, ) (Entered: 04/06/2001)

March 2, 2001

March 2, 2001

RECAP
21

MOTION for Extension of Time to File a reply in support of defendant's motion to dismiss and to strike class action allegations by ANN VENEMAN. Replies due by 3/9/2001. (adc, ) (Entered: 04/06/2001)

March 5, 2001

March 5, 2001

PACER
22

RESPONSE in Opposition re 14 plaintiffs' motion for leave to file second amended class action complaint filed by ANN VENEMAN. (adc, ) (Entered: 04/06/2001)

March 5, 2001

March 5, 2001

PACER
20

ORDER granting defendants' motion to extend time to reply to defendant's motion to dismiss; reply due 3/9/01 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on 3/7/01. (adc, ) Modified on 4/6/2001 (adc, ). (Entered: 04/06/2001)

March 7, 2001

March 7, 2001

PACER
23

REPLY to Response to Motion re 8 to dismiss and to strike class action allegations filed by ANN VENEMAN. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(adc, ) (Entered: 04/06/2001)

March 9, 2001

March 9, 2001

PACER
27

NOTICE of filing of Transcript for dates 2/6/01 of status conference. (adc, ) Modified on 5/14/2001 to change event from Transcript to Notice. (pao, ). (Entered: 04/06/2001)

March 13, 2001

March 13, 2001

PACER
25

ORDER establishing procedures for electronic filing. Signed by Judge James Robertson on May 2, 2001. (MT, ) (Entered: 05/02/2001)

May 2, 2001

May 2, 2001

PACER
26

MOTION for Hearing for Status Conference by ROSEMARY LOVE. (Pires, Alexander) (Entered: 05/07/2001)

May 7, 2001

May 7, 2001

PACER

ORDER granting Motion for Hearing 26, granting Motion for Hearing 5, granting Motion for Extension of Time to File 21 Signed by Judge Robertson on 5/21/01. (Robertson, James)

May 21, 2001

May 21, 2001

PACER

Minute Entry: STATUS CONFERENCE held on 5/21/2001 before Judge James Robertson: plaintiff sought advise from the Court regarding an order issued in related case before Judge Paul Friedman and the obligation of plaintiff in both cases; Court to rule on pending motion to dismiss without oral argument.(Court Reporter Dennis Dinkel.) (jeb,) Modified on 5/21/2001 (jeb, ).

May 21, 2001

May 21, 2001

PACER

Minute Entry: Status conference and motions hearing set for 1/10/2002 04:30 PM before Judge James Robertson in Courtroom 16, Sixth Floor. (mlp,)

Dec. 7, 2001

Dec. 7, 2001

PACER
28

MEMORANDUM re defendant's motion to dismiss 8 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on December 13, 2001. (MT) (Entered: 12/13/2001)

Dec. 13, 2001

Dec. 13, 2001

PACER
29

ORDER granting in part and denying in part defendant's motion to dismiss 8 AND setting status conference for January 10, 2002 at 4:30 p.m. Signed by Judge James Robertson on December 13, 2001. (MT) (Entered: 12/13/2001)

Dec. 13, 2001

Dec. 13, 2001

PACER
30

Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 29 by ANN VENEMAN. (Quinlivan, Mark) (Entered: 12/31/2001)

Dec. 31, 2001

Dec. 31, 2001

PACER
31

ORDER granting defendant's unopposed motion for extension of time to January 21, 2002 to file an answer 30 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on January 4, 2002.(MT) (Entered: 01/04/2002)

Jan. 4, 2002

Jan. 4, 2002

PACER
32

NOTICE of Appearance of Avis E. Buchanan and Susan E. Huhta by all plaintiffs (Huhta, Susan) (Entered: 01/17/2002)

Jan. 17, 2002

Jan. 17, 2002

PACER
33

ANSWER to Second Amended Complaint 14 by ANN VENEMAN. (Quinlivan, Mark) Modified on 1/22/2002 (pao). (Entered: 01/22/2002)

Jan. 22, 2002

Jan. 22, 2002

PACER
34

NOTICE of Appearance of Marc L. Fleischaker by all plaintiffs (Fleischaker, Marc) (Entered: 01/23/2002)

Jan. 23, 2002

Jan. 23, 2002

PACER

Reset Hearing: Class certification hearing set for 3/20/2002 at 09:30 AM before Judge James Robertson in location posted in the lobby on the first floor. (mlp,)

Feb. 5, 2002

Feb. 5, 2002

PACER
35

NOTICE of Appearance for Rebecca E. Silberbogen by all plaintiffs (Silberbogen, Rebecca) (Entered: 02/06/2002)

Feb. 6, 2002

Feb. 6, 2002

PACER
36

Supplemental MOTION to Certify Class by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Ex. 1 CRAT Report pp 1-46# 2 Exhibit Ex. 1 CRAT Report pp 47-77# 3 Exhibit Ex. 1 CRAT Report pp 78-e# 4 Exhibit Ex. 2 Declaration of R Anderson# 5 Exhibit Ex. 3 Declaration of G Anthony# 6 Exhibit Ex. 4 Declaration of F Bell# 7 Exhibit Ex. 5 Declaration of B Bunting# 8 Exhibit Ex. 6 Declaration of B Goins# 9 Exhibit Ex. 7 Declaration of V Howell# 10 Exhibit Ex. 8 Declaration of R Jackson# 11 Exhibit Ex. 9 Declaration of D James# 12 Exhibit Ex. 10 Declaration of S Johnson# 13 Exhibit Ex. 11 Declaration of T Journey# 14 Exhibit Ex. 12 Declaration of G Lennon-1# 15 Exhibit Ex. 13 Declaration of G Lennon-2# 16 Exhibit Ex. 14 Declaration of R Love# 17 Exhibit Ex. 15 Declaration of C Mank# 18 Exhibit Ex. 16 Declaration of O McDonald# 19 Exhibit Ex. 17 Declaration of B Puckett# 20 Exhibit Ex. 18 Declaration of Y Sprawling# 21 Exhibit Ex. 19 Keepseagle# 22 Exhibit Ex. 20 Declaration of L Holloway# 23 Exhibit Ex. 21 Declaration of R King# 24 Exhibit Ex. 22 Declaration of M Wade# 25 Exhibit Ex. 23 Declaration of S McDonald# 26 Exhibit Ex. 24 Declaration of J Halim# 27 Exhibit Ex. 25 Declaration of M Odom# 28 Exhibit Ex. 26 Declaration of Y Mizell# 29 Exhibit Ex. 27 Declaration of D Walker# 30 Exhibit Ex. 28 Declaration of L Bara Weaver# 31 Exhibit Ex. 29 Declaration of S Sherrod# 32 Exhibit Ex. 30 Declaration of D Graham# 33 Exhibit Ex. 31 Declaration of C Gray# 34 Exhibit Ex. 32 Declaration of I Slachetka# 35 Exhibit Ex. 33 Declaration of R Paulk# 36 Exhibit Ex. 34 Declaration of D Farrell)(Silberbogen, Rebecca) (Entered: 02/11/2002)

Feb. 11, 2002

Feb. 11, 2002

PACER
37

NOTICE of Change of Address by Alexander John Pires Jr. (Pires, Alexander) (Entered: 02/19/2002)

Feb. 19, 2002

Feb. 19, 2002

PACER
38

Memorandum in Opposition to Motion re 36 filed by ANN VENEMAN. (Attachments: # 1 [Proposed] Order)(Quinlivan, Mark) (Entered: 03/13/2002)

March 13, 2002

March 13, 2002

PACER
39

NOTICE of Appearance of Barbara S. Wahl by all plaintiffs (Silberbogen, Rebecca) (Entered: 03/14/2002)

March 14, 2002

March 14, 2002

PACER
42

NOTICE of exhibit attachments by ANN VENEMAN (aet, ) (Entered: 03/25/2002)

March 14, 2002

March 14, 2002

PACER
40

REPLY in Support of Motion re 36 for Class Certification filed by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit One - Declaration of Michelle A. Pilgrim# 2 Exhibit Two - Declaration of Annie L. Brown# 3 Exhibit Three - Declaration of Melvina Douglas# 4 Exhibit Four - Declaration of Laner Maloy# 5 Exhibit Five - Declaration of Tonya E. Gilchrist# 6 Exhibit Six - Declaration of Regina G. Ramey)(Fleischaker, Marc) (Entered: 03/18/2002)

March 18, 2002

March 18, 2002

PACER
41

NOTICE of Appearance of Kristine J. Dunne by all plaintiffs (Dunne, Kristine) (Entered: 03/19/2002)

March 19, 2002

March 19, 2002

PACER

Minute Entry: Class certification hearing held on 3/20/2002 before Judge James Robertson: the Court withholds its decision at this time; parties are to develop a discovery plan within 30 days; a discovery conference is set for 4/25/2002 02:00 PM before Judge James Robertson in chambers.(Court Reporter Dennis Dinkel) (mlp,)

March 20, 2002

March 20, 2002

PACER

Minute Entry: Discovery conference held in chambers on 4/25/2002 before Judge James Robertson; further discovery conference is set for 5/8/2002 04:45 PM before Judge James Robertson in chambers.(Not reported.) (mlp,)

April 25, 2002

April 25, 2002

PACER

Calendar Entry, Set/Reset Hearings: Discovery conference is reset for 5/22/2002 04:30 PM in chambers, Room 6315, on the Sixth Floor, before Judge James Robertson. (mlp)

May 9, 2002

May 9, 2002

PACER
43

TRANSCRIPT for dates 3/20/02 ; Court Reporter: Dennis A. Dinkel. (nmr, ) (Entered: 05/22/2002)

May 21, 2002

May 21, 2002

PACER

Minute Entry: Discovery conference held on 5/22/2002 before Judge James Robertson in chambers.(Not Reported) (mlp)

May 22, 2002

May 22, 2002

PACER
44

ORDER setting schedule for discovery and motions as to class certification. A date for oral argument of class certification motion will be set after supplemental submissions have been filed. Signed by Judge James Robertson on May 24, 2002. (MT) (Entered: 05/24/2002)

May 24, 2002

May 24, 2002

PACER
45

MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney by Avis E. Buchanan by ROSEMARY LOVE. (Huhta, Susan) (Entered: 06/20/2002)

June 20, 2002

June 20, 2002

PACER

MINUTE ENTRY: Court grants motion of Avis E. Buchanan to withdraw 45 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on June 24, 2002. (MT)

June 24, 2002

June 24, 2002

PACER
46

NOTICE of Change of Address by Phillip L. Fraas (nmr, ) (Entered: 08/20/2002)

Aug. 19, 2002

Aug. 19, 2002

PACER
47

ENTERED IN ERROR..... MOTION for Protective Order Stipulated Privacy Act by ANN VENEMAN. (Quinlivan, Mark) Modified on 11/13/2002 (bcs, ). (Entered: 11/12/2002)

Nov. 12, 2002

Nov. 12, 2002

PACER
48

STIPULATION Privacy Act Protective Order by ANN VENEMAN. (Quinlivan, Mark) (Entered: 11/13/2002)

Nov. 13, 2002

Nov. 13, 2002

PACER

MINUTE ENTRY: Court approves and "so orders" stipulation 48 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on November 15, 2002. (MT)

Nov. 15, 2002

Nov. 15, 2002

PACER
49

NOTICE of Change of Address by Mark Thomas Quinlivan (Quinlivan, Mark) (Entered: 11/25/2002)

Nov. 25, 2002

Nov. 25, 2002

PACER
50

MOTION for Leave to File A Third Amended Complaint by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Third Amended Complaint)(Dunne, Kristine) (Entered: 04/14/2003)

April 14, 2003

April 14, 2003

PACER
51

Memorandum in opposition to motion re 50 filed by ANN VENEMAN. (Quinlivan, Mark) (Entered: 04/25/2003)

April 25, 2003

April 25, 2003

PACER
52

REPLY to opposition to motion re 50 leave to file a Third Amended Complaint filed by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM. (Dunne, Kristine) (Entered: 05/02/2003)

May 2, 2003

May 2, 2003

PACER

Calendar Entry, Set/Reset Hearings: Status Conference set for 7/18/2003 02:00 PM in Courtroom 18 before Judge James Robertson. (dam, )

July 11, 2003

July 11, 2003

PACER

Set/Reset Hearings: Status Conference set for 7/28/2003 05:00 PM in Courtroom 18 before James Robertson. (dam, )

July 23, 2003

July 23, 2003

PACER

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge James Robertson : Status Conference held on 7/28/2003. (Court Reporter Dennis Dinkel.) (dam, )

July 28, 2003

July 28, 2003

PACER
78

Third AMENDED COMPLAINT against ANN VENEMAN filed by GAIL LENNON, JOYCE L. ACOMB, EDITH L. SCRUGGS, MARYLAND B. WYNNE, JOYCE A. KING, PHYLLIS L. ROBERTSON, MARY L. BROWN, ROSEMARY LOVE, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, MARGARET ODOM.(lc, ) (Entered: 05/19/2006)

July 28, 2003

July 28, 2003

PACER
53

NOTICE OF TRANSCRIPT FILED for status hearing dates 7/28/03. (bcs, ) (Entered: 09/02/2003)

Aug. 26, 2003

Aug. 26, 2003

PACER
54

MOTION to Certify Class by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order # 2 Exhibit # 3 Exhibit # 4 Exhibit # 5 Exhibit # 6 Exhibit # 7 Exhibit # 8 Exhibit # 9 Exhibit # 10 Exhibit # 11 Exhibit # 12 Exhibit # 13 Exhibit # 14 Exhibit # 15 Exhibit # 16 Exhibit # 17 Exhibit # 18 Exhibit # 19 Exhibit # 20 Exhibit # 21 Exhibit # 22 Exhibit # 23 Exhibit # 24 Exhibit # 25 Exhibit # 26 Exhibit # 27 Exhibit # 28 Exhibit # 29 Exhibit # 30 Exhibit # 31 Exhibit # 32 Exhibit # 33 Exhibit # 34 Exhibit # 35 Exhibit # 36 Exhibit # 37 Exhibit # 38 Exhibit # 39 Exhibit # 40 Exhibit # 41 Exhibit # 42 Exhibit # 43 Exhibit # 44 Exhibit # 45 Exhibit # 46 Exhibit # 47 Exhibit # 48 Exhibit # 49 Exhibit # 50 Exhibit # 51 Exhibit # 52 Exhibit # 53 Exhibit # 54 Exhibit # 55 Exhibit # 56 Exhibit # 57 Exhibit # 58 Exhibit # 59 Exhibit # 60 Exhibit # 61 Exhibit # 62 Exhibit # 63 Exhibit # 64 Exhibit # 65 Exhibit # 66 Exhibit # 67 Exhibit # 68 Exhibit # 69 Exhibit # 70 Exhibit # 71 Exhibit # 72 Exhibit # 73 Exhibit # 74 Exhibit # 75 Exhibit # 76 Exhibit # 77 Exhibit # 78 Exhibit # 79 Exhibit # 80 Exhibit # 81 Exhibit # 82 Notice Regarding Exhibit 2 Attachment# 83 Exhibit)(Dunne, Kristine) (Entered: 01/16/2004)

Jan. 16, 2004

Jan. 16, 2004

PACER
55

MOTION to Establish a Briefing Schedule by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Dunne, Kristine) (Entered: 02/12/2004)

Feb. 12, 2004

Feb. 12, 2004

PACER
56

STIPULATION and Order by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, MARGARET ODOM. (Dunne, Kristine) (Entered: 02/20/2004)

Feb. 20, 2004

Feb. 20, 2004

PACER
57

WITHDRAWAL of Motion by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, MARGARET ODOM Praecipe. (Dunne, Kristine) (Entered: 02/20/2004)

Feb. 20, 2004

Feb. 20, 2004

PACER

MINUTE ENTRY: Court approves stipulated briefing schedule 56 for class certification motion. Signed by Judge James Robertson on February 23, 2004. (MT)

Feb. 23, 2004

Feb. 23, 2004

PACER
58

NOTICE of Appearance by Thomas William Millet on behalf of ANN VENEMAN (Millet, Thomas) (Entered: 02/23/2004)

Feb. 23, 2004

Feb. 23, 2004

PACER
59

Memorandum in opposition to motion re 54 class certification filed by ANN VENEMAN. (Attachments: # 1 # 2 # 3 # 4 # 5 # 6)(Millet, Thomas) (Entered: 04/01/2004)

April 1, 2004

April 1, 2004

PACER
60

MOTION to Strike Expert Report of Lou Ann Kling by ANN VENEMAN. (Attachments: # 1 # 2)(Millet, Thomas) (Entered: 04/01/2004)

April 1, 2004

April 1, 2004

PACER
61

Memorandum in opposition to motion re 60 striking the expert report of Lou Ann Kling filed by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit One)(Silberbogen, Rebecca) (Entered: 05/03/2004)

May 3, 2004

May 3, 2004

PACER
62

REPLY to opposition to motion re 54 class certification filed by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit # 2 Exhibit # 3 Exhibit # 4 Exhibit # 5 Exhibit # 6 Exhibit # 7 Exhibit # 8 Exhibit # 9 Exhibit # 10 Exhibit # 11 Exhibit # 12 Exhibit)(Silberbogen, Rebecca) (Entered: 05/03/2004)

May 3, 2004

May 3, 2004

PACER
63

REPLY to opposition to motion re 60 Defendant'sMotion to Strike filed by ANN VENEMAN. (Quinlivan, Mark) (Entered: 05/13/2004)

May 13, 2004

May 13, 2004

PACER
64

ORDER denying motion to strike expert testimony 60 . Signed by Judge James Robertson on May 21, 2004. (MT) (Entered: 05/21/2004)

May 21, 2004

May 21, 2004

PACER
65

NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua Z. Rabinovitz on behalf of ANN VENEMAN (Rabinovitz, Joshua) (Entered: 09/10/2004)

Sept. 10, 2004

Sept. 10, 2004

PACER
66

MEMORANDUM ORDER denying plaintiffs' motion to certify class 4 . Further proceedings in this case are stayed pending further order of the Court. Signed by Judge James Robertson on September 29, 2004. (MT) (Entered: 09/29/2004)

Sept. 29, 2004

Sept. 29, 2004

RECAP
67

MOTION for Certificate of Appealability by LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, GAIL LENNON, ROSEMARY LOVE, JOANN NEUZIL, MARGARET ODOM. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Dunne, Kristine) (Entered: 12/01/2004)

Dec. 1, 2004

Dec. 1, 2004

PACER
68

ORDER Signed by Judge James Robertson on 12/3/2004. (dam, ) (Entered: 12/06/2004)

Dec. 6, 2004

Dec. 6, 2004

PACER
70

ORDER of USCA (certified copy) as to 69 Notice of Interlocutory Appeal filed by ROSEMARY LOVE,, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER,, MARGARET ODOM,, GAIL LENNON,, JAMES MURNION,, JOANN NEUZIL; It is hereby ordered that the petition for permission to take an interlocutory appeal be granted; USCA#04-8010 (jsc) (Entered: 12/28/2004)

Dec. 17, 2004

Dec. 17, 2004

PACER
69

NOTICE OF INTERLOCUTORY APPEAL as to 28 Memorandum & Opinion, 29 Order on Motion to Dismiss by GAIL LENNON, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, ROSEMARY LOVE, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, MARGARET ODOM. Filing fee $ 255, receipt number 130537. (lc, ) (Entered: 12/27/2004)

Dec. 22, 2004

Dec. 22, 2004

RECAP

Transmission of Notice of Appeal and Docket Sheet to US Court of Appeals re 69 Notice of Interlocutory Appeal (lc, )

Dec. 27, 2004

Dec. 27, 2004

PACER

USCA Case Number 04-5449 for 69 Notice of Interlocutory Appeal filed by ROSEMARY LOVE,, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER,, MARGARET ODOM,, GAIL LENNON,, JAMES MURNION,, JOANN NEUZIL,. (lc, )

Jan. 3, 2005

Jan. 3, 2005

PACER
73

NOTICE OF APPEAL as to 68 Order by GAIL LENNON, JAMES MURNION, JOANN NEUZIL, ROSEMARY LOVE, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER, MARGARET ODOM. Filing fee $ 0.00. (lc, ) (Entered: 03/24/2005)

Feb. 23, 2005

Feb. 23, 2005

PACER
71

ORDER of USCA (certified copy) as to 69 Notice of Interlocutory Appeal filed by ROSEMARY LOVE,, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER,, MARGARET ODOM,, GAIL LENNON,, JAMES MURNION,, JOANN NEUZIL; It is hereby ordered that the petition for permission to take an interlocutory appeal be granted; USCA#04-8011 (jsc) (Entered: 03/02/2005)

Feb. 24, 2005

Feb. 24, 2005

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72

USCA Appeal Fees received $ 255 receipt number 132402 re 69 Notice of Interlocutory Appeal filed by ROSEMARY LOVE,, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER,, MARGARET ODOM,, GAIL LENNON,, JAMES MURNION,, JOANN NEUZIL, (lc, ) (Entered: 03/09/2005)

March 1, 2005

March 1, 2005

PACER

Supplemental Record on Appeal transmitted to US Court of Appeals re 69 Notice of Interlocutory Appeal (lc, )

March 9, 2005

March 9, 2005

PACER

Transmission of Notice of Appeal and Docket Sheet to US Court of Appeals re 73 Notice of Appeal (lc, )

March 24, 2005

March 24, 2005

PACER
74

USCA Case Number 00-2502 for 73 Notice of Appeal filed by ROSEMARY LOVE,, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER,, MARGARET ODOM,, GAIL LENNON,, JAMES MURNION,, JOANN NEUZIL,. (lc, ) (Entered: 04/13/2005)

April 6, 2005

April 6, 2005

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75

USCA JUDGMENT (certified copy) as to 73 Notice of Appeal filed by ROSEMARY LOVE,, LIND MARIE BARA-WEAVER,, MARGARET ODOM,, GAIL LENNON,, JAMES MURNION,, JOANN NEUZIL; It is hereby ordered and adjudged and the judgment of the District Court appealed from in these causes is hereby affirmed in part and remanded in part, in accordance with the opinion of the court filed herein this date; USCA#04-5449 (jsc) (Entered: 05/09/2006)

April 26, 2006

April 26, 2006

PACER

Set Hearings: Status Conference set for 5/11/2006 10:00 AM in Courtroom 23A before Judge James Robertson. (alr, )

April 28, 2006

April 28, 2006

PACER
76

NOTICE of Appearance by Carlotta Poter Wells on behalf of ANN VENEMAN (Wells, Carlotta) (Entered: 05/12/2006)

May 12, 2006

May 12, 2006

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 19, 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Women farmers and ranchers who allege that they were denied loans or loan servicing from the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to their gender.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Washington Lawyers' Committee

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Denied

Defendants

U.S. Department of Agricuture, Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Bank or credit provider

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.

Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. § 1691

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief denied

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Record-keeping

Discrimination-area:

Lending

Discrimination-basis:

Gender identity

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female