Lewis, et al. v. Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corp.,
Case Nos. 05 CVS 188, 05 CVS 1938
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The North Carolina General Court of Justice, Superior Court Division certified a class action on behalf of the named Plaintiffs and all members of the Class, as set forth below, against the Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation (n/k/a United States Tobacco Cooperative, Inc.) (hereafter “Stabilization”). In this case, Plaintiffs allege that Stabilization accumulated hundreds of millions of dollars from a few specific sources over the course of several decades and improperly accounted for and withheld those funds from the Class. Plaintiffs are seeking, among other things, money damages, partial distribution of Plaintiffs’ assets held by Stabilization, and a declaratory judgment that Plaintiffs retain all accompanying rights, privileges, and benefits of membership. Stabilization denies all claims made against it.
The Court decided that the Class includes:
All individuals, proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, or their heirs, representatives, executors or assigns, and other proper entities that have been members/shareholders of Stabilization at any time from its inception through the end of crop year 2004, and any heirs, representatives, executors, successors or assigns, and;