Premium Standard Farms and attorneys for nearly 300 Missourians who sued the company because of hog odors announced a confidential, joint settlement Thursday, resolving legal cases that in some instances have been pending for more than a decade.
Premium Standard, based in Princeton, Mo., has been the focus of lawsuits filed by hundreds of residents across the northern part of the state who contended that their quality of life was harmed by odors wafting off the mega-confinements.
Those lawsuits have resulted in multimillion-dollar awards against Premium Standard. In 2010, for example, a group of 15 northwest Missouri residents was awarded a total of $11 million, leading Premium Standard officials to warn that continued lawsuits could push the company out of the state. Read more on Kansas City Star.