Waterkeeper trial with Perdue-Hudson delayed
BALTIMORE — The trial of a civil suit brought by the Waterkeeper Alliance against Perdue and Alan and Kristin Hudson, a Berlin farm family, has been postponed.
Originally scheduled for April 16, it is now slated for Oct. 9, before Judge William Nickerson, senior jurist for the U.S. District Court in Maryland.
That announcement came last Thursday from Julie De Young, spokesperson for Perdue.
She said: “As a result of a call this morning with Judge Nickerson and counsel for all parties, trial has been now scheduled for October, 9, 2012.
“While both Perdue and the Hudsons sought a trial date in late May/early June, such an early trial date was not available.
“Despite the Court’s strong encouragement to settle this lawsuit, it does not appear that the case will settle and we are therefore preparing for trial.
“Perdue and the Hudsons look forward to the opportunity to present their case to the judge this October.”
Waterkeeper Alliance, with legal assistance from students at the University of Maryland School of Law, alleges that the Hudson farm operation and Perdue violated a number of environmental regulations. The Hudsons are contract broiler growers for Perdue.
Farmers and farm organizations, both in Maryland and across the country, are continuing to contribute to a fund to help the Hudsons pay their legal expenses.