Willow Brook Foods Inc., one of the eight poultry companies being sued over alleged pollution in the Illinois River watershed, agreed with Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson to pay $120,000 in order exempt itself from the lawsuit, according to an article by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.   

The federal court must approve the agreement before it goes into effect.

Willow Brook ended its operations in the Illinois River watershed last year before the company transitioned to a refrigeration business, now known as Cold Zone Inc.

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"The very bottom line is Cold Zone was no longer involved in the business so continuing to be involved in this litigation didn't have any practical advantages to Cold Zone," said Frank Evans, an attorney representing the company.