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North Carolina Jury Verdict Sets Dangerous Precedent

Newsroom / April 30, 2018

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The recent jury verdict in a nuisance lawsuit involving a Murphy-Brown contract hog farm is deeply troubling. Before a jury can award millions of dollars in damages for so-called nuisance odors from a farm, that jury should at least be allowed to visit the farm and hear evidence about actual odor measurements at the farm. It is worrisome that a misled jury has set a dangerous precedent that will motivate more greed-driven lawsuits against more farmers. We are hopeful this verdict will be overturned on appeal.”

Will Rodger
Director, Policy Communications
Office (202) 406-3642
Shiloh Perry
Media Relations Specialist
(202) 406-3643

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