The Missouri Supreme Court on April 14 upheld limits to damage property owners can recuperate in nuisance lawsuits against agriculture operations, reported the local media.
The highest court ruled in favor of hog farm in a case where neighbors challenged the constitutionality of a state law limiting the damages that can be recovered from the farm.
Originally, the neighbors claimed the odor from farm was a nuisance. Further, the plaintiffs stated the state law limiting damages to the cost of the property value losses and medical treatment was unconstitutional for the reason that it took their property for private use without proper compensation or due process.
In final ruling, the court’s decision stated the limits established by state law promotes agriculture, which is a valid public purpose.