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Dec 2, 2020

Hog farm dispute settles after 4th Circuit’s split decision

  The neighbors of a Bladen County hog farm have reportedly reached a deal with the company that owns the farm after the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict holding the owners liable for compensatory and punitive damages for violating the state’s nuisance law but remanded a large punitive damages award because […]

Jun 18, 2018

Bill blocking future hog farm nuisance suits finalized

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina legislators have finalized tougher restrictions upon neighbors of hog farms seeking to sue for damages because of the stench and other nuisances coming from industrial-scale livestock operations. The state Senate agreed June 14 by a 32-9 vote to accept House changes to legislation spurred on by the agribusiness industry following the results […]

Jun 6, 2018

NC lawmakers move to protect pork giant hit by big verdict

RALEIGH (AP) Legislators in the country’s No. 2 hog-growing state on June 5 stepped up efforts to shield industrial hog operations from neighbors who have complained for decades about the smell, noise and flies generated by housing thousands of animals together. The state Senate’s Agriculture Committee unveiled and approved language that would protect the low-cost but […]

May 29, 2018

Cases against pork giant continue after big penalty slashed

RALEIGH (AP) Lawyers for the world’s largest pork producer don’t want jurors to hear about the finances of a company whose industrial-scale hog operations caused a stench so bad it made life miserable for its rural neighbors. Jury selection is scheduled to start May 29 in a Raleigh federal courthouse for the second trial over […]

May 10, 2018

Judge slashes $50M punitive penalty against pork giant

RALEIGH (AP) A federal judge has slashed $50 million in damages that a jury awarded neighbors of an industrial hog operation in order to punish a pork producer for smells and noise so bad that people couldn’t enjoy their rural homes. U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt ruled this week that North Carolina law required […]

May 3, 2018

A big stink: Hog farm hit for $50.75M nuisance verdict

A massive federal jury verdict is a poor sign for North Carolina’s porcine. In a potentially groundbreaking decision, a jury in the state’s Eastern District has awarded $50.75 million in damages to 10 residents living near an industrial hog farm in Bladen County to compensate them for the nasty odors produced by the farm’s porkers. […]

Apr 27, 2018

Jury hits pork giant for $50M for hog operation’s nuisance

RALEIGH (AP) A federal jury on April 27 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 awarded the 10 neighbors of a 15,000-head swine operation a total of $750,000 in compensation, […]

Apr 13, 2017

Ooooh that smell, can’t you quell that smell?

The legislative process can induce much nose-holding. But living near the General Assembly has got to be better than staying within smelling distance of one of the state’s massive hog farms, which feature lagoons filled with pig feces and urine and industrial sprinklers spraying plumes of liquefied swine excrement into the air. The eye-watering burden […]

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