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Aug 6, 2018

Activists float dialogue over hog farm nuisance lawsuits

WARSAW (AP) Activists in the heart of North Carolina’s pork country say contract hog farmers and their neighbors should start talking about solutions. The Herald-Sun of Durham reported that community organizers in Duplin County called for dialogue Aug. 4 after a federal jury again decided pork giant Smithfield Foods is responsible for millions in damages linked to industrial-scale [&helli[...]

Aug 3, 2018

Jury tells pork giant to pay $473.5M in nuisance lawsuit

RALEIGH (AP) A federal jury decided Aug. 3 that the world’s largest pork producer should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three North Carolina industrial-scale hog farms for unreasonable nuisances they suffered from odors, flies and rumbling trucks The jury found that Smithfield Foods owes compensation to 16 neighbors who complained in their lawsuit that the […]

Jul 10, 2018

Forest, Troxler visit eastern NC to warn about hog farm lawsuits

BEULAVILLE (AP) Republican politicians are heading to an eastern North Carolina farm to talk about why they’re worried litigation involving hog farms could harm the state’s economy. A top GOP legislator says Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and other lawmakers plan to attend a news conference July 10 at a Duplin County […]

Jun 28, 2018

NC protects pork producers against nuisance complaints

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are making it harder for neighbors of agribusinesses to file complaints about smells and other nuisances. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the wide-ranging farm bill, which contains language sought by pork producers after numerous lawsuits. The Senate overrode the veto on June 26; the House did so the […]

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 8, 2018

NC Senate backs limits to law that allowed $51M pork verdict

RALEIGH (AP) Senators in the country’s No. 2 hog-growing state sought June 7 to further shield industrial-scale hog operations from lawsuits by neighbors who have long complained that open-air animal waste pits comparable to city sewage plants frustrate their daily lives. North Carolina’s Senate tentatively approved legislation to make it more difficult to successfully file […]

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 31, 2018

Pork giant makes case that penned hogs are good neighbors

RALEIGH (AP) The world’s largest pork producer put its best case before jurors May 30 to debunk claims that its waste is responsible for stenches so foul that life for rural neighbors is miserable. It’s the second lawsuit to come to trial in a series of what could be dozens of similar nuisance complaints on behalf […]

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 […]

Apr 2, 2018

Industrial-scale pork on trial in federal nuisance lawsuits

RALEIGH (AP) Drive past clustered hog sheds containing thousands of animals in the country’s No. 2 pork-producing state on the wrong day and the reason hundreds of North Carolina neighbors are suing in federal court is clear: it really stinks. The question facing jurors in a federal lawsuit starting April 2 is whether the open-air animal […]

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