21-10-25.8. Agricultural operation nuisance--Punitive damages.

Any punitive damages claim in a private nuisance action brought against an agricultural operation is determined pursuant to § 21-3-2. Additionally, a plaintiff may not recover punitive damages in a nuisance action against an agricultural operation unless:

(1)    The alleged nuisance is based on substantially the same conduct that was subject to a civil enforcement judgment or criminal conviction taken by any county, municipal, state, or federal environmental regulatory agency pursuant to a notice of violation for the conduct alleged to be the source of the nuisance; and

(2)    The conviction or judgment occurred within three years of the first action forming the basis of the nuisance action.

Source: SL 2023, ch 65, § 5.