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Judge Rules Murphy-Brown Nuisance Trials Will Kick off in April

Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Earl Britt ruled that the first set of cases in a high-profile and potentially precedent-setting trial against pork giant Murphy-Brown will begin in April. The twenty-six lawsuits were filed by more than five hundred plaintiffs living near Murphy-Brown LLC’s industrial hog farms in eastern North Carolina. The neighbors contend that […]

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Federal judge orders pork producer to clean up pollution

U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Howard has ordered Murphy-Brown LLC, the North Carolina-based subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., to honor an agreement it signed more than a decade ago to clean up water pollution at industrial hog farm sites. The sites, according to environmentalists, are in Bladen, Columbus, Duplin, Pitt, Sampson and Scotland counties.

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Longtime Wake County superior court judge announces retirement

A longtime Wake County superior court judge on Tuesday announced his retirement from the bench.

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Barber Remains Banned from NCGA Visits Unless a Judge Permits

The Reverend William J. Barber Jr. will remain barred from the General Assembly while a second-degree trespassing charge is pending, unless a judge authorizes his return, court records show. In a Wednesday hearing at the Wake County Justice Center, District Court Judge Michael J. Dennis upheld parts of a May 30 order that barred civil […]

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