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.