Smithfield Seeks $326M For Factory Fire Started By Marine

Law360, New York (March 22, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT) -- Smithfield Foods Inc. and its insurers on Thursday launched a suit against the U.S. government in California that they had previously filed in Wisconsin, trying again to recoup $326 million in losses from a fire at a pork processing plant that started when a U.S. marine fired a military-issue flare.

The Marine reservist, Joshua Popp, would not have had access to the flare he took off of a military base if the Navy had met its duty of care by properly securing all munitions, Smithfield and...
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