- A federal judge in Milwaukee could decide early next
year how much the government owes companies who insured
a suburban Milwaukee meatpacking plant that caught fire
more than six years ago.
Patrick Cudahy plant in Cudahy caught fire in 2009 after
two brothers fired a military flare that landed on the
roof. One of the brothers stole the flare from a Marine
Cudahy's parent company reached a $208 million
settlement with its insurance carriers in 2011. The
insurers sued the U.S. government that same year,
alleging the Navy failed to control its ordnance. They
want $187.7 million.
Rudolph Randa wrapped up a six-day bench trial Monday.
He plans to collect briefs from the parties over the
next two-and-a-half months. A decision could come after