The time for class members to file their claim forms in the DeLoach v. Philip Morris class action is drawing to a close. Class member claim forms must be postmarked no later than Oct. 14, 2003 in order for the claimants to be eligible to share in the $200 million cash portion of the Settlement fund, which will be available if the Settlement is finally approved.
Class members are: (1) all domestic producers of flue-cured or burley tobacco who sold such tobacco at auction in the United States at any time from March 1, 1996 to Feb. 28, 2001, and (2) all persons who owned quota authorizing them to grow flue-cured or burley tobacco in the United States at any time from March 1, 1996 to Feb. 28, 2001. More than 600,000 claim forms were mailed to individual class members, but you may be a class member even if you haven't received a claim form in the mail.
Questions regarding obtaining or completing claim forms should be directed to the claims administrator, the Garden City Group, who is employed by the plaintiffs' attorneys, at 1-800-371-9820, or by visiting the case Web site at www.deloachclassaction.org. (You no longer need a touch-tone phone to use the 800-number.) Completed claim forms should be mailed to DeLoach v. Philip Morris Litigation, c/o The Garden City Group, Inc., Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 9000, #6072, Merrick, N.Y. 11566-9000. They must be postmarked no later than Oct. 14, 2003.