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Covington & Burling Stumbles in Fee Fight with Government

Yesterday a federal judge tripped up Covington & Burling’s efforts to collect $192,000 in legal fees from the government for its work in a major class action.

The case, known as the Pigford litigation, dates back to 1997, when a group of black farmers sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allegedly denying them farm loans on the basis of their race. The government settled, and created an administrative system to pay $50,000 plus debt and tax relief to each farmer who could prove they had suffered discrimination.

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