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Who is a Class Member

Class members in the Flue Cured Tobacco Settlement includes all individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and other entities that are or were shareholders and/or members of U.S. Tobacco at any time since the date of U.S. Tobacco’s incorporation on June 1, 1946  until the date the settlement goes into effect, without any exclusion, including any heirs, representatives, executors, powers-of-attorney, successors, assigns, or others purporting to act for or on their behalf.

Settlement Amount


Proof of Purchase

Yes.  Class members will want to provide (1) the total pounds of flue-cured tobacco you or your ancestor or predecessor grew since 1946; and/or (2) the number of years in which you or your ancestor or predecessor grew flue-cured tobacco  since 1946 (e.g., tobacco sale receipts, tax returns showing income from tobacco production).

Claim Form

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Important Dates

12/20/17: Deadline to Object

12/20/18: Deadline to Opt Out

1/5/2018: Settlement fairness hearing (this date is subject to change)

5/26/2018: Deadline to file a claim

Settlement Notes

  • Speaks v. U.S. Tobacco Cooperative, Inc., No. 5:12-CV-729-D
  • Pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

A class action lawsuit was filed against U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (“U.S. Tobacco”) claiming they accumulated funds over the years that should be distributed  to members.  The lawsuit also contends that U.S. Tobacco Cooperative did not act fairly in regards to their members equity interests.

The settlement administrator will mail a letter to those who file a claim but the claim was rejected.  The letter will include the reason for the rejection.

All class members who file valid claims in the case will be represented by the law firms of Shipman & Wright, LLP (Gary K. Shipman and William G. Wright) and Daughtry, Woodard, Lawrence & Starling, LLP (Leo Daughtry and Kelly Daughtry).  Shipman & Wright, LLP can be reached by phone at 910-762-1990 or mail 575 Military Cutoff Road,Suite 106, Wilmington, NC 28405.  Daughtry, Woodard, Lawrence & Starling, LLP can be reached by phone at 919-300-6982 or 403 E. Market Street, Smithfield, NC 27577.

Contact Information

Mail: Settlement Claims Administrator – 5773, PO Box 2612, Faribault, MN 55021-9612
Phone: 1-866-458-3207

Settlement Website


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