Second Smithfield lawsuit results in $25 million verdict to hog farm neighbors
Smithfield Foods suffered a second loss in a series of lawsuits against the company and its hog farms. This trial, brought against the company by two neighbors of one of its farms, resulted in an award of $25 million. The jurors of the case decided that the plaintiffs suffered unreasonable nuisances from flies, buzzards and trucks at the farm, reports the Associated Press.
This trial lasted five weeks. The first trail brought against Smithfield resulted in a $51 damage award to 10 neighbors of a hog farm. That award was reduced to $3 million post-trial, because North Carolina law limits punitive damages.
Source: AP via WAVY News