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Favorable Outcome Following Three-Week "Stray Voltage" Trial

January 09, 2018

GTTC partners Jeff Thomas and Mark Wilner spent much of last summer in Whatcom County Superior Court.  In a case filed in 2012, local Whatcom County farmers sued long-time GTTC client Puget Sound Energy, Inc. alleging that PSE’s electrical distribution system contributed to increased levels of neutral-to-earth voltage (sometimes called “stray voltage”) on the plaintiffs’ farm, which in turn caused approximately $6.5 million in lost milk production revenue.  After three weeks of trial (and five years after the complaint was filed), the jury rendered a net verdict for the plaintiffs for only $178,000.  The case settled before entry of judgment for even less.

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