ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota farmer who believes stray voltage killed hundreds of his cows and affected milk production can sue for damages in state court.

A Minnesota Supreme Court ruling Wednesday allows Greg Siewert and his father, Harlan, to proceed with their case against Xcel Energy.

The Siewerts, of Zumbro Falls, sued back in 2004 and were ready to go to trial. But Xcel Energy argued the issue should be heard by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission instead. The Supreme Court disagreed, and sent the case back to Wabasha County for possible trial.

Stray voltage is when electricity returns to the ground through an unintended conductor.

Greg Siewert says he expects to seek about $5 million in damages.

Xcel Energy said it was working on a statement about the high court’s ruling.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (2)
  1. Unnamed says:

    Can’t say Anything against big cos hey cco? Pretty sad

  2. Victim Du Jour says:

    Our “appointed” Judical branch is good at chasing jobs to China

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Good Question
Best Of Minnesota

Watch & Listen LIVE