Legal Impact for Chickens (LIC) v. Case Farms, L.L.C., Case Foods, Inc., and Case Farms Processing, Inc.

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Year Case Filed:  2023 Jurisdiction Level:  North Carolina Case File Num:  23 CVD 619 Drafting Attorney:  Andrea C. Bonvecchio, Sarah Gold, and Piper Hoffman
Summary: This reflects Plaintiff's Amended Complaint and Request for Injunctive Relief. In a press release, Plaintiff Legal Impact for Chickens states, "[t]oday, one of the country’s largest poultry producers and a KFC supplier, Case Farms, was sued by animal-welfare charity Legal Impact for Chickens (LIC) in Burke County District Court for its pattern of gross mismanagement and animal cruelty. The complaint comes on the heels of a 2021 undercover investigation by animal advocacy group Animal Outlook, revealing a trend of cruel and deadly abuse at a Morganton, N.C. Case Farms hatchery that processes more than 200,000 chicks daily. LIC accuses Case Farms of violating both industry standards and North Carolina law."
Documents:  PDF icon Legal Impact for Chickens v. Case Farms.pdf (1.6 MB)

Plaintiff Legal Impact for Chickens (LIC) is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. Defendant is a poultry integrator that raises, hatches, and slaughters broiler chickens.  Plaintiff sued Defendant under N.C.G.S.A.§ 19A-1 et seq., the North Carolina Civil Remedy for the Protection of Animals, alleging Defendant engages in “intentional, affirmative, and reckless acts of neglect and extreme violence” with respect to the animals under its care and control. These actions contradict the National Chicken Council (NCC) guidelines and Defendant is a member of the NCC. An undercover investigation revealed the extent of the cruel acts against the chickens perpetrated by Case Farms through its agents, Morganton Hatchery. As a result of these cruel acts suffered by the chicks in the production process, Plaintiff seeks a permanent injunction to prevent further cruelty and irreparable harm to the chicks born at Defendant’s facilities.

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