Cincinnati, Ohio attorney reviewing land contamination, farm pollution farm litigation and agribusiness public nuisance lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide
Much of farming in the United States has changed. Family farms and small businesses have turned into large agribusiness corporations and large-scale industrial operations. Livestock farms and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations have been the target of farm litigation in Ohio and beyond, including many property contamination lawsuits and pollution cases.
Residents living near farms and large livestock facilities have complained of land and water contamination, toxic fertilizer runoff, noxious fumes and odors, and other farmland nuisances. Lawsuits have been filed against agribusiness entities and corporations like Smithfield Foods, which was hit with a $50 million lawsuit due to livestock nuisance claims. Plaintiffs claim hog farms and other farms create an unlivable toxic environment.
Other farm litigation involves other large food producers that may put profit first and the environmental damages can be staggering. Industrialized animal agriculture can create a variety of environmental hazards and public nuisances. Attorneys and consumer safety lawyers are working to protect rural communities from the potential damages of large industrial farms.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Ohio class action attorney reviewing Ohio farm litigation, property contamination and agribusiness lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide.
Property Contamination & Public Nuisance Lawsuits
Although other states like Iowa and North Carolina are known for being the premier pork-producing states, states like Ohio and Indiana face their fair share of property and farm water contamination issues. Huge quantities of waste are created by livestock farms, as well as fertilizer stocks that may not be properly stored.
Environmental regulations are often ignored even as studies have indicated livestock farm emissions of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide can be quite damaging to those living in close proximity to certain farming operations.
Agricultural waste can contaminate groundwater, and fertilizer runoff can create large quantities of nitrates and phosphates. Illness and infection are risks for those in the surrounding communities, and farms may be held responsible for any damage done to the environment.
Farm Litigation & Agribusiness Settlements
Beyond the physical waste and toxic runoff, many neighbors have filed public nuisance lawsuits, claiming their quality of life is drastically affected by nearby industrial farms. Some farms even store liquid manure in large lagoons to later use as fertilizer.
Waste mishandling and mismanagement can lead to legal action when neighbors are exposed to persistent noxious odors. Other plaintiffs have complained of dead livestock and terrible insect problems. Samples taken from nearby homes have detected hog feces in the air and the façade of many homes. Experts assume the contaminants can also reach inside homes, leading to many public nuisance and invasion of privacy claims.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Property Contamination Lawyer who has represented individuals nationwide in farm litigation, public nuisance lawsuits, property damage and water contamination claims. If you have questions about your legal and property rights, please contact The Lyon Firm at 800.513.2403 for a free consultation.