Attorneys in a poultry pollution case filed by a University of Maryland environmental law clinic, representing plaintiffs suing Hudson Farm and Perdue Farms Inc., will try to settle the dispute during a conference in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, according to reports. The lawsuit claims that Hudson and Perdue are polluting a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Farm groups and the governor of Maryland have criticized the lawsuit, saying that the suit could bankrupt Hudson Farm and set a harmful precedent for other family farms. The settlement conference is closed to the public.