DOVER, Del. — An Arkansas-based poultry company is firing back against lawyers who have filed a purported class-action lawsuit stemming from wastewater violations at a southern Delaware processing plant.
A spokesman for Mountaire Farms says the company has not seen the complaint filed Wednesday. But Mountaire is taking aim at what it calls a media blitz by plaintiffs’ attorneys, who held a news conference announcing the filing.
Mountaire called the news conference a publicity stunt by a group of opportunistic lawyers.
The company says lawyers are hoping to cash in on a problem that has already been solved through a consent decree with Delaware environmental officials.
Mountaire also says elevated levels of nitrates in groundwater is a common condition in Sussex County that predates the arrival of the processing facility in 2000.
Mountaire Farms is a subsidiary of Mountaire Corp. of Little Rock, one of the state’s largest private companies. The firm, led by CEO Ron Cameron, reported 2017 revenue of $2.2 billion. It has 6,700 employees — 41 of which are in Arkansas.
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