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Sep 6, 2018

Court: Schools may be due hog giant’s environmental payments

A North Carolina appeals court on Tuesday set the stage for a court battle to decide whether the world’s largest pork producer will keep paying for environmental projects as it promised 18 years ago or if its millions should go to public schools instead. A divided state Court of Appeals resurrected a lawsuit challenging Smithfield […]

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 […]

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 […]

Apr 25, 2018

Lawyers wrap up case blaming pork giant for ghastly smells

RALEIGH (AP) Industrial-scale hog producers knew for decades that noxious smells from open-air sewage pits tormented neighbors but didn’t change their livestock-raising methods to keep production costs low, the lawyer for farm neighbors told jurors in a federal lawsuit April 24. The first in a series of federal suits raising accusations of nauseating hog operations […]

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