Smithfield Foods Hit With $11M Verdict For Hog Waste
By Erin Fuchs (March 5, 2010, 7:01 PM EST) -- A Missouri jury has handed an $11 million award to 15 residents who claimed that manure from a Smithfield Foods Inc. factory hog farm tainted their neighborhoods, in what the plaintiffs' lawyer described as the largest-ever verdict connected to hog emissions.
Smithfield unit Premium Standard Farms was hit with the jury verdict after a five-week trial on Thursday in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Mo., the plaintiffs' lawyers said on Friday.
The 15 plaintiffs — who lived near the 4,300-acre factory hog farm in Berlin, Mo., — alleged that waste emissions from its concentrated animal feed operations caused a nuisance...
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