Mo. Looks To Rein In Farm Odor Nuisance Suits

Law360, New York (March 31, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT) -- A unique provision of Missouri law allowing large-scale livestock operations to face repeat lawsuits for odor issues has made the state fertile ground for multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in nuisance suits against agribusiness companies, but that could change if state legislators pass a bill aimed at reversing the trend.

Last year's $11 million verdict against Smithfield Foods Inc. unit Premium Standard Farms LLC, affirmed on appeal Tuesday, appears to have been a catalyst for the legislation, which would put a limit on damages awards and prevent companies...
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