December 13, 2008
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled that a lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages stemming from electrical transmission lines affects on cattle may proceed in Minnesota State District Court. The utilities involved in the lawsuit argued that the case should be heard before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). The plaintiffs in the case, Harlan and Greg Siewart, claim that stray voltage from transmission lines was responsible for decreased dairy production on their diary farm. According to court documents, the Siewarts farm, near Zumbro Falls, Minnesota, is close to the termination of a 69-kilovolt transmission line. Attorneys for the utilities indicated that an appeal may be filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court. A story about the case can be found in the December 12, 2008, edition of Finance and Commerce at: http://www.finance-commerce.com/article.cfm/2008/12/13/Court-ruling-clears-way-for-stray-voltage-suit-against-Xcel.
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