We are again disappointed that honorable North Carolina pig farmers like Joey Carter, who lawfully operate in a highly regulated industry, can be deemed a nuisance. We are equally concerned about the long-term impact that these lawsuits may have on rural North Carolina communities where agriculture is critical to economic growth and success.

It is gratifying that the jury rejected the Texas lawyer’s  pleas to award the plaintiffs tens of millions of dollars in this case, especially since the lawyers themselves would have been the beneficiaries of a substantial amount of the verdict. Nonetheless, we continue to believe there are numerous issues in these lawsuits that merit careful review in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.