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Perdue, Farm Can't Recoup Pollution Suit Fees

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Shown is the Hudson farm in Berlin. (Photo: WBOC) Shown is the Hudson farm in Berlin. (Photo: WBOC)

BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC)- A federal judge has ruled that Perdue Farms and a Worcester County contract grower will not be able to recoup $3 million in legal fees after successfully defending a poultry pollution suit.

U.S. District Court Judge William M. Nickerson rejected the bid Tuesday. Last year, Nickerson tossed out the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance's Clean Water Act case, criticizing the environmental group for not conducting adequate sampling to identify the source of pollution found near Alan Hudson's farm near Berlin.

Nickerson wrote that Salisbury-based Perdue and the Hudsons could not show that the claim was "frivolous, unreasonable or without foundation." He wrote that the only proven source of discharge was from cow manure from the Hudson's beef cattle operation.

 

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