The Chinese owners of Smithfield Foods are on the hook for $50 million, thanks to a federal court in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ten neighbors filed suit arguing, that the waste treatment methods of the worldâ€™s largest pork producer were not only substandard but have been willfully ignored by the company for decades. The plaintiffsâ€™ attorneys singled out anaerobic lagoons where waste from 15,000 hogs was stored behind livestock pens before being liquefied and sprayed onto nearby fields. â€œThese cases are about North Carolina family property rights and a clean environment,” attorney Mona Lisa Wallace told The News & Observer. â€œWe are now preparing for the next [trial], which is scheduled for the end of May.â€
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