Tyson Loses Bench Trial Bid In Chicken Waste Suit

Law360, New York (August 27, 2009, 5:41 PM EDT) -- A judge has decided that a jury can consider part of a lawsuit brought by the state of Oklahoma accusing Tyson Foods Inc. and other poultry processors of polluting the Illinois River with chicken waste.

Judge Gregory Frizzell of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma said Wednesday that a jury could determine whether the companies were liable for civil penalties for a claim that pollution of the water is a public nuisance. In doing so, the judge denied the request of the...
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