Texas High Court Finds Entergy Liable For Power Line Injuries

Law360, New York (March 9, 2012, 5:54 PM EST) -- The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed a lower court decision that Entergy Gulf States Inc. was not negligent in the injury of a moving company employee shocked by a power line, ruling the company violated state law by operating an active power line less than 22 feet above ground.

Entergy had argued that the 22-foot height requirement was not valid because the line in question was a distribution line rather than a transmission line, and the Texas court of appeals agreed. In reversing that ruling, the state's Supreme Court said the law uses the terms "distribution" and "transmission" interchangeably to...

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