Perdue Farms is seeking up to $2.5 million in attorney fees following its victory in a poultry pollution case. The company and one of its suppliers had been accused of polluting a nearby river. The poultry giant is seeking to recoup attorney fees from the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance, which sued the company and an Eastern Shore contract grower, Perdue spokeswoman Julie DeYoung said.
Associated Press reports that Perdue said in its filing U.S. District Court in Baltimore that the environmental group continued to litigate what it called a groundless case after learning that an uncovered pile of what was claimed to be chicken manure turned out to be harmless. The company also said the court had noted that while defendants are "not normally entitled to recover their legal fees, such an award would not be unprecedented."
The Waterkeeper Allience did not comment on the story.
Source: Associated Press