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Ruling discredits UM law clinic's involvement
In a widely watched case on the Eastern Shore, federal judge William Nickerson ruled Thursday that Alan and Kristin Hudson's Berlin farm was not in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. The plaintiffs, the Waterkeeper Alliance led by controversial environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., had hoped to establish that big food processors, in this case Perdue Inc., could be held liable for the alleged pollution sins of "contract growers" like the Hudson family. But the Waterkeeper group fell flat on its face — while rousing ill will among some former allies in the process.
By Walter Olson
December 27, 2012