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Owens v. ContiGroup Companies, Inc.

Missouri Court of Appeals
344 S.W.3d 717 (2011)


Fifteen farmers (plaintiffs), including John Owens, neighbored a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) owned by Premium Standard Farms, which was in turn owned by ContiGroup Companies, Inc. (Contigroup) (defendant). The CAFO produced 230,000 gallons of hog waste per day. The plaintiffs brought suit against Contigroup for public nuisance. At trial, the jury found for the plaintiffs in the amount of $11,000,000. Contigroup appealed from the verdict. On appeal, Contigroup challenged the modification of the pertinent Missouri regulation to include the term “other emissions,” the category under which the hog effluent from Contigroup’s CAFO fell.

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