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Federal Jury Awards More Than $470 Million To Hog Farm Neighbors In Nuisance Suit

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Last week a federal jury awarded more than $470 million to six neighbors of a hog farm operation in Pender County, North Carolina following a nuisance lawsuit. The neighbors said the farm produced smells, noise, flies and pests. 

It is the third and largest hog nuisance verdict against pork producer Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Michelle Nowlin, a clinical professor of law at Duke University and supervising attorney for the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, about the decision and what it means for hog farming in North Carolina. 

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.