9th Circ. Told To Send Sailors' $1B Fukushima Suit To Japan

Law360, Los Angeles (September 1, 2016, 5:47 PM EDT) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to dismiss a $1 billion putative class action on behalf of 70,000 U.S. sailors allegedly exposed to radiation while responding to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, arguing the claims belong in Japan.

During oral arguments in Pasadena, California, Daniel Collins of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, representing Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc., the owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, urged a three-judge panel to reverse U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino's refusal to dismiss the suit.

Collins argued that Judge Sammartino had erred in not dismissing the case under the doctrine...

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