Smithfield May Be Liable For Swine Flu: Suit

Law360, New York (May 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The husband of the first U.S. resident to die from swine flu has filed a petition in Texas state court seeking permission to investigate wrongful death claims against Smithfield Foods Inc., which owns a large pig farm in Mexico.

The petition, filed May 11 in the District Court of Cameron County, seeks an order authorizing depositions to investigate whether Smithfield Foods, the world's largest producer, might have helped create and spread the H1N1 strain of swine flu through “horrifically unsanitary” conditions at its farm in the...
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