“Jury Tells Smithfield To Pay in Hog Case”, that is the title of the WSJ article from August 4-5, 2018. A jury in Raleigh, North Carolina awarded $470 million to six neighbors who live near a hog farm run by a contractor for pork giant Smithfield Foods, Inc. It is the third lawsuit of lately over odor and noise. It is the third multi-million-dollar award.
The jury awards:
- In April a jury awarded $50 million to 10 families in Bladen County.
- In June a different jury awarded $25 million to a couple in Duplin County.
- Both awards were reduced because of tort-reform caps, that artificially confiscate most of the awards.
Let the confiscation begin:
- $50 million to $3.25 million.
- $25 million reduced to $630,000.
- And the recent $470 million jury award? Expected to be reduced to $94 million.
That’s tort reform. That’s confiscation. That’s tort-deform.