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Halifax County pays $25,000 to settle Link suit

SoVaNow.com / August 09, 2010
Halifax County paid Link Farms $25,000 to settle the two suits filed against the county some 12 years ago, according to a copy of the settlement agreement which was released to the public Friday.

The settlement was approved Aug. 2 following a closed session of the Board of Supervisors. It ends the controversy surrounding the two suits filed by Link Farms over the county’s imposition of a moratorium on hog farming back in the late 1990s.

Link Farms had sued not only Halifax County, but also J. C. Satterfield Jr., then-chairman of the Board of Supervisors, then-County Administrator William D. Sleeper and then-County Planner Gerald V. Lovelace.

The settlement agreement says that Link Farms and the county parties wish to settle and resolve the dispute between them and dismiss the litigation and release all claims asserted in the litigation on mutually agreeable terms and conditions set forth in the agreement.

The agreement calls for the settlement payment by the County of $25,000 to Link Farms. Nothing in the agreement, it says, “shall affect Link Farms’ obligation to comply with applicable laws, regulations or ordinances or to limit the County’s right and authority to enforce such laws, regulations and ordinances.”

Each party must pay its own attorney fees under the agreement.

The $25,000 check, written by the County’s insurance agency, VML Insurance Program, was written on Aug. 2. to Link Farms and LeClair Ryan PC, their attorneys.

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