BALTIMORE (AP) - An environmental group was looking for a way to "get Perdue" when it filed sued the poultry giant in 2010. That was claim of a Purdue lawyer Tuesday at the start of a trial with potential implications for Maryland's poultry industry.
The New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance brought the lawsuit in federal court in Baltimore. The group says that a Maryland farm raising chickens for Perdue polluted a nearby river and that Perdue should be responsible for the pollution.
But lawyers for the farmers and Perdue say there's no evidence of pollution. They say the farm operates just like others and that it would be catastrophic to the industry if its ordinary practices are found to pollute. Perdue also says it shouldn't be responsible for environmental violations at its contract farm.
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