Environmental Suit Not Chicken Feed to Lawmaker

An environmental showdown in Maryland pits the governor against the dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. This week, Gov. Martin O'Malley sent a harshly worded letter to Dean Phoebe Haddon calling the school's environmental clinic's involvement in a lawsuit an "ongoing injustice." The governor asked Haddon to end the school's connection to the suit filed in March 2010 against poultry giant Perdue Farms Inc. and a chicken farm that supplies the company. The suit, which claims the groups are illegally discharging pollution into several waterways, has rankled lawmakers who said it hurts local industry. Legislators threatened to cut $250,000 from the university's budget unless every one of the law school's clinics turn over information about the clients they have represented during the past five years. Read more in the National Law Journal