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Next Hog Farm Trials Set To Move Forward

By Erin Smith

The next group of hog farm nuisance law suits is slated to begin in November. The lawsuits have been filed against Murphy-Brown, LLC and target hog farms owned by the company.

The lawsuit is the fourth case of 26 nuisance lawsuits and is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 13th, in the Federal District Court for the Eastern Division in Wake County. The court records show the Sholar Hog Farm located on Herring Road in Sampson County listed as a defendant along with Murphy-Brown, LLC. The farm has been in operation since 1984, according to court documents.

The plaintiffs’ attorney Michael Kaeske, from Texas, is alleging in court documents the plaintiffs cannot enjoy the use of their property due to an abundance of flies and smells which he claims are the result of the hog farm. Court documents also allege medical issues and noise which were attributed to the farm as well.

According to court documents filed on October 29th, Sholar Farm has never been issued a violation and the NC Department of Air Quality has not received any odor complaints. The court documents note that other swine operations and farming activities are taking place in the vicinity of the Sholar farm.

The fifth hog farm nuisance trial is scheduled to begin on January 7, 2019, in Federal District Court for the Eastern Division in Wake County, according to court records. Pretrial disclosures are expected to be filed on Monday, November 19th, 2018.

The first three hog farm nuisance lawsuits have ended in large payouts to the plaintiffs. Judge Earl Britt has been removed from hearing the next set of cases. Judge David Faber of West Virginia will hear the next two cases. No reason was given why Judge Britt was replaced or whether or not he will hear any of the cases remaining in the future.

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