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Jury awarded hog farm neighbors $3.25 million. Will three-quarters of that be erased?
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Feb

18

2020
Jury awarded hog farm neighbors $3.25 million. Will three-quarters of that be erased?

Attorneys for a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, went before the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday and asked three judges to overturn a $3.25 million jury award in a lawsuit filed by neighbors of a large North Carolina hog farm. During the hearing, they received a sharp lecture from the bench about

$50M Awarded to Neighbors Over Feces-Spraying Pork Farm
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Apr

30

2018
$50M Awarded to Neighbors Over Feces-Spraying Pork Farm

(NEWSER) – The 10 North Carolina plaintiffs who say a pork farm near their homes is endangering their health by, among other things, spraying hog urine and feces onto nearby fields, have won a big victory. A federal jury has awarded each plaintiff $5 million in punitive damages and $75,000 in compensatory damages, Modern Farmer reports. The more than

Jury Awards Neighbors Of Hog Farm $50m
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Apr

29

2018
Jury Awards Neighbors Of Hog Farm $50m

RALEIGH, N.C. - A North Carolina jury awarded $50 million to neighbors of a 15,000-hog farm in Eastern North Carolina in a case being closely watched across the country by environmentalists and the hog farm industry. The verdict, revealed late Thursday after a jury deliberated less than two days, is the first to come in a series of federal lawsuits filed

Pork Leaders Call Nuisance Lawsuit Outrageous Attack On Livestock Producers
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Apr

27

2018
Pork Leaders Call Nuisance Lawsuit Outrageous Attack On Livestock Producers

The verdict this week in a frivolous nuisance lawsuit against a North Carolina hog farm is a misuse of the legal system to attack the farm sector. After less than two days of deliberation, a North Carolina jury awarded $50 million to neighbors in a hog nuisance lawsuit against Murphy-Brown LLC., hog production division of Smithfield Foods. National Pork

Jury Hits Pork Giant For $50m For Hog Operation's Nuisance
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Apr

26

2018
Jury Hits Pork Giant For $50m For Hog Operation's Nuisance

RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal jury on Thursday awarded more than $50 million in damages to neighbors of an industrial hog operation found responsible for intense smells, noise and other disturbances so bad people couldn't enjoy their rural homes. Jurors on Thursday awarded the 10 neighbors of a 15,000-head swine operation a total of $750,000 in

Jury Awards Plaintiffs More Than $50 Million In Historic Hog Nuisance Lawsuit
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Apr

26

2018
Jury Awards Plaintiffs More Than $50 Million In Historic Hog Nuisance Lawsuit

A jury deliberated for less than two days before awarding 10 plaintiffs $50 million in a hog nuisance lawsuit against Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. According to the verdict sheet, the jury unanimously agreed that Murphy-Brown, which owns the hogs at Kinlaw Farms in Bladen County, “substantially and

Lawsuits Against North Carolina Hog Farms Could Help Reform State’s CAFO Industry
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Apr

26

2018
Lawsuits Against North Carolina Hog Farms Could Help Reform State’s CAFO Industry

Hearings begin on first case against Smithfield Foods subsidiary UPDATE: On Thursday, April 26, jurors awarded $52 million, mostly in nuisance payments, in the first case by 10 plaintiffs living close to hog CAFO Roughly 4,000 pink-tinted pools containing pig feces, urine, and blood, are scattered throughout the eastern North Carolina landscape. An

The First Murphy-Brown Trial Wrapped Yesterday. Here's What We Learned
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Apr

25

2018
The First Murphy-Brown Trial Wrapped Yesterday. Here's What We Learned

After lawyers gave their closing remarks in a groundbreaking trial over the stench of hog farms in Eastern North Carolina, U.S. District Court Judge Earl Britt left the courtroom with a parting thought: "My only comment is that I am tired of looking at that dirty hog," he said, referring to a waste-coated, life-size hog model that has been sitting inside

Know Thy Neighbors, or Meet Their Lawyers
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Apr

12

2018
Know Thy Neighbors, or Meet Their Lawyers

We live in disquieting times. The tariffs slapped on U.S. pork going to China, the lack of a re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, and other policy decisions have put the pork industry on edge. But an issue much closer to home should have you just as concerned. The pending nuisance lawsuit in North Carolina against Smithfield subsidiary

Local Firm Representing Plaintiffs In Federal Hog Farm Case
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Apr

09

2018
Local Firm Representing Plaintiffs In Federal Hog Farm Case

A federal court trial began in Raleigh Tuesday with plaintiffs represented by Salisbury’s own Wallace and Graham. The trial involves a lawsuit filed by residents of Bladen County, brought against defendant Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. Plaintiffs live next to Kinlaw Farms, which raises