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What The $50M Hog Nuisance Decision Means For Future Lawsuits

photo of a brown lagoon, farm buildings in the background
Bob Nichols

A federal jury awarded more than $50 million in damages to 10 neighbors of a 15,000-head hog operation in Eastern North Carolina. The residents said the stench and noise from the hog farm made living in their rural homes unenjoyable.

Host Frank Stasio speaks about the significance of the case with Michelle Nowlin, clinical professor of law at Duke University and supervising attorney for the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. She says the landmark decision paves the way for a slew of upcoming suits against Chinese-owned Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. 


Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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