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Illinois pork producers win environmental case


February 9, 2009
By Kilpatrick Stockton

Feb. 9, 2009 – Bible Pork, Inc., a pork producer in Illinois, recently won a lawsuit
in Illinois Circuit Court after the facility was sued by 21 nearby
residents – many of whom had operated their own livestock operations.

Bible Pork, Inc., a pork producer in Illinois, recently won a lawsuit in Illinois Circuit Court after the facility was sued by 21 nearby residents – many of whom had operated their own livestock operations.
 
The suit claimed that Bible Pork's newest facility (a "breed-to-wean" facility) was a public and private nuisance, and alleged that gases such as dust, noise, hydrogen sulfide and ammonia, and odors from the facility constituted a criminal public nuisance, a common law public nuisance, and a private nuisance at the plaintiffs' homes. Prior to the trial, the court dismissed both of the public nuisance counts on summary judgment.

The matter proceeded to trial on the private nuisance claim. The parties presented 33 witnesses, including three experts for the plaintiffs and two experts for Bible Pork. On February 4, 2009, following nine days of testimony, a jury rendered a verdict in favor of Bible Pork, finding that the new facility was not a private nuisance.
 
For more information on the case, visit: http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-national.php?Id=304&yr=2009.

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