WINCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — A judge has ruled state law protects
the operator of large hog farms from lawsuits filed by residents of an eastern
The lawsuits against North Carolina-based Maxwell Farms
accused it of allowing hog waste to accumulate and letting noxious odors spread
from the Randolph County farms.
Special Judge Marianne Vorhees ruled that Indiana’s
right-to-farm law is constitutional and the lawsuits could only proceed with
evidence of negligence.
The Star Press of
Muncie reports records show the number of hogs in Randolph County tripled in
five years to more than 175,000 in 2012.
Maxwell Farms said the lawsuits represent a few people who
want to discredit the hog industry. An attorney for the residents said they were
living in the area before what he called industrialized facilities opened.
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