A federal court judge in Tampa, FL, has dismissed a major environmental lawsuit against Smithfield Foods, Inc. filed by a coalition of lawyers for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and his group, the Waterkeeper Alliance.

In a series of news conferences during 2001, Kennedy announced plans to use this and other lawsuits as a means of “shutting down Smithfield's farm operations.”

Instead, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich dismissed the million-dollar lawsuit and ordered the plaintiff's attorneys to pay attorneys fees and costs.

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