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Testimony Ends in Md. In Environmental Case Against Hudson Farm and Perdue Farms

5:11 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Testimony has ended in Baltimore in an environmental lawsuit against an Eastern Shore chicken grower and poultry giant Perdue Farms Inc.

The Waterkeeper Alliance says the Berlin-based Hudson Farm is polluting a nearby river and Perdue should also be held responsible. Lawyers for the Hudson family and Salisbury-based Perdue say there is no evidence of pollution.

Farm groups say the lawsuit could bankrupt the Hudson Farm and set a harmful precedent for others. Environmentalists say poultry companies should be responsible for pollution by their growers.

About 10 minutes of testimony from the final witness was presented by telephone Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. Closing arguments were tentatively scheduled for Nov. 30 before District Judge William Nickerson. He will decide the non-jury trial.

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