HB 467 Defenders Say They’re Trying to Protect Small Farmers from Greedy Lawyers. Court Documents Suggest Otherwise.

HB 467 Defenders Say They’re Trying to Protect Small Farmers from Greedy Lawyers. Court Documents Suggest Otherwise.

Throughout the defense of House Bill 467, the controversial hog-farm protection bill that recently became law despite Governor Roy Cooper’s veto, the bill’s supporters, including Republican state representative Jimmy Dixon of Duplin County, argued that family farms need to be protected from lawsuits brought by avaricious attorneys. Those lawsuits, they argued, can bring hardworking farmers to the brink of financial ruin, hence the need for legislation to protect them.

Court documents, including a federal judge’s ruling last night, call into question the sincerity of this argument.…

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