Effects Of Siewert V. Northern States Power

Law360, New York (March 23, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT) -- In the dairy farm context, "stray voltage" or "stray current" lawsuits occur with some regularity. A recent ruling by the Minnesota Supreme Court declined to adopt a legal defense known as the filed rate doctrine to bar claims of this nature.

In Siewert v. Northern States Power Co., 793 N.W.2d 272 (Minn. 2011), Minnesota's highest court concluded that the filed rate doctrine does not prevent plaintiff dairy farmers from seeking damages from an electric company where plaintiffs alleged that "stray voltage" from power lines harmed their...
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