Something smells in Laurens County, Ga., and, depending on whom you ask, it’s either the chicken plant or the lawyers.

Neighbors representing a class of about 1,000 people claim that Griffin Industries’ East Dublin chicken-rendering facility emits a noxious odor that lowers property values and prevents people from going outside their homes without getting sick. The plaintiffs claimed a victory Nov. 8 when Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thomas R. Campbell Jr. granted class certification for their case against the Cold Spring, Ky.-based company. Green v. Griffin Industries, No. 2004-CV-79741.