Court of Appeals gives OK to national group to join Trom appeal
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has granted a request by a coalition of public health, animal welfare and environmental groups to join the Lowell Trom family in their suit against a large hog operation in Dodge County.
Trom and his wife, Evelyn, are appealing a Dodge County District Court ruling than upheld Dodge County’s issuance of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to Masching Swine Farms, LLC, for a hog feedlot on property adjacent to the Troms in Westfield Township
After the appeal was filed with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (“MCEA”), Environment Minnesota, and Food & Water Watch filed formal requests to the court to participate in the appeal.
A request for amicus (or friend of the court) is filed by individuals or organizations who, while not a party to a lawsuit, have a strong public interest in or knowledge in the subject matter. The intent is to provide the Court with information regarding the effects of a decision beyond the parties involved in the case. The Court of Appeals must approve the requests, said James P. Peters, the Troms attorney.
According to the request filed by Center for a Liveable Future, “The Dodge County Ordinances at