The Environmental Law Clinic at Maryland Carey Law served as lawyer for the plaintiff in Waterkeeper Alliance v Alan Hudson et al, a case alleging that Hudson, a contract chicken producer, and his client, Perdue Farms, Inc., had polluted the Chesapeake Bay, a violation of the Clean Water Act.
Waterkeeper Alliance is a national nonprofit environmental group with dozens of local chapters, including those comprised of more than 4,000 Maryland residents concerned about pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.
After Waterkeeper filed suit in 2010, all parties filed motions for summary judgment, which the judge denied. The trial began on October 9, 2012 and concluded on October 23, with closing arguments made November 30. On December 20, 2012, the judge ruled that Waterkeeper Alliance had not proved that poultry waste was responsible for the pollution; a month later, the group announced it would not appeal the court’s decision.
In January, 2013, both Alan Hudson and Perdue Farms filed motions to recover attorneys’ fees from Waterkeeper Alliance. The court has yet to rule on their requests.