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May 6, 2020, 12:11 AM

Smithfield Wins Dismissal of Meat Workers’ Virus Safety Suit

Fatima Hussein
Fatima Hussein
Legal Reporter

Smithfield Foods Inc. convinced a federal judge in Missouri to dismiss a lawsuit brought by meat packing plant workers who accused the company of failing to protect them from coronavirus.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has primary jurisdiction over the matter, Judge David Gregory Kays of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri ruled Tuesday. He added that “the regulatory environment in which meat-processing plants operate is constantly changing during this unique national emergency.”

Kays said he took seriously the workers’ concern “for their health and the health of their community in these unprecedented times.”

However, ...

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