US Can't Escape $326M Suit Over Fire Started By Marine

Law360, Los Angeles (July 9, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the U.S. government launched by Smithfield Foods Inc. and its insurers seeking to recover $326 million in losses caused by a fire at the company's Wisconsin pork processing plant.

U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall said Smithfield has successfully pled that the government may be held liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act for the actions of U.S. Marine Corps reservist Joshua Popp who ignited the blaze by firing off a a military-issued flare...
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