BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorneys in a poultry pollution case filed by a University of Maryland environmental law clinic will try to settle the dispute during a conference in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

The clinic represents plaintiffs suing Hudson Farm and Perdue Farms Inc., claiming they are polluting a nearby waterway.

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Gov. Martin O’Malley has criticized the lawsuit. The governor wrote a letter to the dean of the university’s law school
complaining about what he called the “ongoing injustice” of pursuing costly litigation against the Worcester County farm.

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Farm groups say the suit could bankrupt Hudson Farm and set a harmful precedent for other family farms.

The settlement conference Wednesday before Chief Magistrate Paul W. Grimm in Baltimore federal court is closed to the public.

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