Calif. Egg Ranch Emissions Are Nuisance, Jury Says

Law360, New York (May 26, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT) -- A federal jury found Tuesday that Olivera Egg Ranch LLC neglected to reduce ammonia emissions at a French Camp, Calif., egg-laying facility, awarding $544,000 in damages in a suit launched by residents and The Humane Society of the United States.

In awarding damages to eight residents, the jury found Olivera had neglected to abate a public nuisance. However, the jury opted not to award punitive damages because it did not find Olivera or one of its officers, directors or agents had acted with malice, oppression or...
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