North Carolina Official: Nuisance Lawsuit Can "Cripple" Agricultural Production

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August 08, 2018

North Carolina Agricultural Commissioner Steve Troxler told Legal Newsline that the “nuisance” lawsuit against a hog farm, from which six residents were awarded $470 million in damages, could “cripple farm production” if left unchecked.

Six Bladen County residents sued Murphy-Brown LLC for odor, noise, and other “nuisances,” claiming the pork production prevented the homeowners from enjoying their properties. Troxler said the “use of the term ‘nuisance’” is a troubling trend because “just about anything could be a nuisance to someone at any point in time.” According to the article, there are 25 other nuisance cases still pending against the company.

U.S. Rep. David Rouzer from North Carolina agreed with Troxler, saying nuisance litigation is “a very slippery slope that threatens the very existence of every form of agriculture nationwide.”