GE, Tepco Dodge Sailors' $1B Fukushima Radiation Suit

Law360 (March 4, 2019, 8:36 PM EST) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. and General Electric Co. on Monday dodged a $1 billion lawsuit by U.S. sailors over radiation injuries they allegedly suffered during their response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, after a California federal judge agreed the suit belonged in Japanese, not U.S., courts.

U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino said Japan has an overriding interest in applying its own laws in cases related to the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which happened in Japan and primarily affected Japanese citizens.

“In sum, after balancing the impairments and reviewing the relevant case law, the court is persuaded that...

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