hog nuisance suits

In damning opinion, federal appeals court rules against Murphy-Brown in hog nuisance suits

BY: - November 19, 2020

Punitive damages will be recalculated, but court sides with plaintiffs on all other arguments  This is a developing story. Update 6:25 p.m.: Smithfield issued a statement saying they have “resolved these cases through a settlement that will take into account the divided decision of the court. Information about the terms of the settlement will not […]

A federal appeals court judge’s remarkable speech is the latest surprise in NC’s hog nuisance lawsuits

BY: - February 3, 2020

Last Friday morning in Richmond, Va., midway through oral arguments in the hog nuisance case of McKiver v. Murphy-Brown, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III removed his glasses and briefly rested his cheek on his hand, as if burdened by the content of thousands of pages of case documents he had read.

“What troubled me...