9th Circ. Agrees To Speed Up Sailors' $1B Fukushima Suit
By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (April 5, 2016, 6:28 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday granted a group of U.S. sailors' request that it expedite a $1 billion lawsuit alleging Tokyo Electric Power Co. is responsible for radiation injuries the sailors say they suffered during their response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The sailors are members of the U.S. Navy and land-based service members or their dependents who undertook humanitarian relief efforts in the aftermath of a tsunami in Fukushima, Japan. They claim they were exposed to radiation during the meltdowns at the TEPCO-owned Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant — events they say stemmed from the company's negligence. They say an expedited...
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