LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on July 9 denied the United States' motion to dismiss a negligence lawsuit filed by Smithfield Foods Inc. and its insurers seeking $326 million under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for fire damages to Smithfield's pork-processing plant (Smithfield Foods Inc., et al. v. United States of America, No. 2:12CV2254, C.D. Calif.). Subscribers may view the civil minutes available within the full article.