3 Takeaways From Smithfield's Hog Farm Stench Settlement
By Michael Phillis (December 3, 2020, 8:27 PM EST) -- When Smithfield Foods Inc. settled nuisance suits brought by hundreds of neighbors over the stench from hog waste lagoons, it placed a major legal threat in the rearview mirror hours after a federal appeals court gave activists fodder to push for change.
The settlement, the terms of which weren't disclosed, will resolve more than two dozen cases against Murphy-Brown LLC, a subsidiary of WH Group Ltd.'s U.S.-based pork producer Smithfield Foods, brought by neighbors of a North Carolina contract farmer. Hours before the settlement was announced last month, a Fourth Circuit panel affirmed Smithfield's liability to a group of 10 neighbors...
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