Federal Jury Awards More Than $470 Million To Hog Farm Neighbors In Nuisance Suit

Aug 8, 2018
Originally published on August 8, 2018 3:22 pm

Last week a federal jury awarded more than $470 million to six neighbors of a hog farm operation in Pender County, North Carolina following a nuisance lawsuit. The neighbors said the farm produced smells, noise, flies and pests. 

It is the third and largest hog nuisance verdict against pork producer Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Michelle Nowlin, a clinical professor of law at Duke University and supervising attorney for the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, about the decision and what it means for hog farming in North Carolina. 

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