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Court Orders Lawsuit against Minnesota Pig Factory to Proceed

A Minnesota state court has cleared the way for a lawsuit filed by a pig factory’s neighbors, who allege that horrible odors from the facility are a nuisance. According to the neighbors, the foul stench has prevented them from going outdoors and has isolated them from family and friends.

The court rejected the defendants’ motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment. At this time, the case will proceed to the discovery phase. The neighbors in this case are represented by lawyers at Schwebel Goetz & Sieben and the Speer Law Firm, and are represented pro bono by attorneys with the HSUS Animal Protection Litigation Section.

The 4,000-hog facility was opened in 2013 by the Iowa-based Gourley Bros. LLC. All of the plaintiffs have lived in their homes since before its construction. The breeding sows are confined for essentially their entire lives in gestation crates so small they prevent the animals from even turning around.

Jonathan R. Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief counsel for animal protection litigation at the HSUS, said, “Pig factories create impossible living conditions for both neighbors and the animals they confine. This ruling ensures that the victims of this facility will have their day in court.” 

Media Contact: Rachel Querry: 301-258-1519; awest@humanesociety.org