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Neighbors on Call's Weekly Policy Update for 11/23/20

Election Update

Environmental Policy

  • On Thursday the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling against Murphy-Brown/Smithfield in a series of nuisance suits against the company. The ruling affirmed an earlier District Court decision that industrialized hog farming operations on a farm in Bladen County, a contract grower for Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods, unduly harmed its neighbors’ quality of life. The appellate judges sided with Murphy-Brown’s lawyers in one particular, however: they ruled that there would need to be a rehearing governing the amount of punitive damages issued to plaintiffs, this time without mention of corporate finances or executive compensation. Smithfield released a statement later in the day on Thursday that they had reached a settlement, the details of which will not be disclosed.

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