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Polluting Pigs Part IV

pig CAFOs lawsuits

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  • The second of 26 nuisance lawsuits filed against Murphy Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, wrapped up in July 2018 with a $25 million verdict against Smithfield
  • A federal jury ruled that Smithfield should pay two neighbors living near a North Carolina Smithfield contractor’s pig farm the sizable sum due to bad odors, flies and loud trucks caused by the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO)
  • The damages awarded are expected to be reduced due to a North Carolina law that limits punitive damages to no more than three times the amount of compensatory damages or $250,000, whichever is greater
  • In June 2018, North Carolina legislators passed a law restricting future nuisance lawsuits aimed at pig CAFOs; while those already filed will not be affected, future lawsuits will be nearly impossible for CAFO neighbors to file

By Dr. Mercola

The saga of polluting pigs continues, with both good and bad news. Good news first: The second of 26 nuisance lawsuits filed against Murphy Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, wrapped up in July 2018 with a $25 million verdict against Smithfield.


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