Minn. High Court Recharges Stray Voltage Suit

Law360, New York (January 27, 2011, 7:20 PM EST) -- Minnesota's top court has ruled that a father-son dairy farmer team can pursue their claims against Northern States Power Co., which they alleged was responsible for stray voltage that killed their cows.

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued the 4-2 ruling Wednesday, rejecting NSP's argument that the filed rate doctrine prohibits Harlan and Greg Siewert from litigating their claims in court. The company argued the farmers should have gone through the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Stray voltage occurs when an electrical current, voltage that returns to the...
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