A $5.2 million Hardin County jury verdict against one of Ohio’s largest egg producers was overturned Monday by a state appeals court that concluded the case should have been dismissed before a jury even heard it.
The Third District Court of Appeals reversed a ruling in favor of H & C Ag. Services LLC, (doing business as LandTech) against Ohio Fresh Eggs, LLC and Trillium Farm Holdings, LLC. LandTech sued the companies arguing it had three years left on a 10-year contract to remove and sell the manure from the egg houses.
Trillium acquired the properties from Ohio Fresh Egg in 2011. LandTech alleged it has been doing business with Ohio Fresh Egg, Trillium and prior owners of the egg farms for 12 years and anticipated it would complete the remaining three years and receive a 10-year renewal when the contract was unexpectedly cancelled. LandTech estimated the value of the contracts for the next 13 years at $7 million.