Federal judge dismisses parts of Black Earth Meats lawsuit against village

Last week U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb dismissed parts of a lawsuit filed against the village of Black Earth by Black Earth Meats, finding that the village did not violate the constitutional rights of the business.

In her decision Crabb wrote that the village did not violate the due-process rights of Black Earth Meats when it cited the butcher for repeatedly blocking traffic and spilling animal remains in the street, among other infractions, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

Black Earth Meats closed in July 2014 after its financing fell through. It received a series of tickets from the village prior to its closing predicated on what the village felt were nuisances, including maintaining noisy animals, obstructing a public street, and pollution, according to the State Journal.

Crabb did not rule on several claims Black Earth Meats made against the village, instead returning that case back to Dane County Circuit Court, where it was originally filed.