Perdue Farms Statement on Filing of Post-Trial Statements in Waterkeeper Lawsuit
"Our post-trial statement reinforces the same facts we put forth during the trial: this was nothing more than an unwarranted attack on contemporary animal agriculture by well-funded but misguided environmental activists who showed no concern for the farm family they wrongly accused. Despite having their own lawyers and free access to the taxpayer-funded University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic, the Waterkeeper Alliance and Assateague Coastal Trust failed to prove that the poultry houses on the Hudson family farm were a source of pollution, or that Perdue was responsible for the actions of its independent contractors. In fact, after three years of changing accusations, their argument came down to the ridiculous assumption that any chicken house with a door or a fan is a source of pollution and therefore likely in violation of the Clean Water Act. While we're prepared for any outcome, we look forward to being vindicated by the judge’s ruling."
--Joe Forsthoffer, Perdue Farms Spokesperson