UPDATE: Poultry Lawsuit

Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma wants a judge to scold 11 Arkansas poultry companies for violating court rules and making other distortions last week during opening arguments in a federal pollution trial.

The complaint filed Monday in Tulsa federal court accuses the industry of suggesting that Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson was suing the companies to benefit his own interests, instead of the state's.

The state also says the companies violated a pretrial order forbidding them from mentioning the result of a 2008 preliminary hearing. It was found during the hearing that Oklahoma lacked the evidence to immediately stop the companies from spreading bird waste in the Illinois River watershed while the case went to trial.

The trial, which could last several weeks, resumes Wednesday.

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