TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The state of Oklahoma has asked that the trial for its lawsuit against 12 poultry companies be delayed until January if the Cherokee Nation intervenes in the case.
U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell on Friday scheduled a Sept. 16 hearing on the request. Frizzell is scheduled to hear arguments on the tribe's motion to intervene in the 4-year-old case a day earlier.
The state claims poultry companies are legally responsible for the handling and disposal of poultry waste that allegedly has damaged portions of the Illinois River watershed in Oklahoma. The case is scheduled for trial on Sept. 21.
An attorney for defendants Cargill Inc. and Cargill Turkey Production says the case will be ready for trial on Sept. 21 and should be tried then.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
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