Florida class action lawsuit survives sugar industry layoff offers

By Nathan Hale (July 2, 2021, 8:19 p.m. EDT) – Class-action lawsuit brought by Florida residents against Florida Crystals Corp., United States Sugar Corp. and other major sugar producers over air pollution caused by their pre-harvest sugarcane burns survived another round of corporate dismissals, though a federal judge struck out two counts of prosecution in its decision on Friday.

In his 17-page order, U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith said the burns resulted in the equivalent of an uncompensated takeover or battery by the sugar farms, but he found residents had pleaded adequately that they had standing to file a complaint. fine particles and other pollutants and said…

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