Okla. Damages Claims Tossed In $600M Poultry Suit

Law360, New York (July 23, 2009, 8:09 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has dismissed Oklahoma's damages claims against Tyson Foods Inc. in a more than half-billion dollar suit over pollution in the Illinois River watershed, saying the state's failure to join an American Indian nation in the action is unfair.

Damages claims against Tyson and other food companies – including Cargill Inc. and Simmons Foods Inc. — cannot go forward without the Cherokee Nation's involvement in the suit, said Judge Gregory K. Frizzell of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma in...
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