The Pigford case (Pigford v. Glickman) kicked off a series of lawsuits -- both class-action and individual – brought by minorities against the USDA for discrimination. Pigford claimants alleged that for decades the USDA was repeatedly late with operating loans and allowed discriminatory practices that harmed, or ruined, their ability to farm. Having settled the original Pigford case, a second class-action by black farmers, known as “Pigford II,” was brought allowing those who didn’t meet the original sign-up deadline to also have their claims heard. Following nearly a decade of litigation, Pigford II was settled in February 2010 for $1.25 billion. Similar discrimination cases still pending against the USDA include Keepseagle v. Vilsack (Native Americans), Garcia v. Vilsack (Hispanics), and Love v. Vilsack (a suit brought by women).