Stray Electric Current Lawsuits Rising Nationwide
(DEPERE, WI)—Russ Allen, Wisconsin dairy farmer and author of Electrocution of America: Is Your Utility Company Out to Kill You?, was awarded a multimillion-dollar settlement against the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation when his farm was destroyed by stray electrical current.
After years of declining milk production due to sick and dying cows, Mr. Allen slowly started going bankrupt, and set out on a quest to discover what was going on. The lies he was told by Wisconsin Public Service Corporation and its well-paid “experts” led him to finally demand justice by suing the utility.
“Our governments have to do something about the problems of electrical pollution now,” says Mr. Allen. “The heart of America—our farmlands and livestock—are getting electrocuted. Even people on the street are exposed to stray utility currents on a daily basis.”
In his new book, Electrocution of America: Is Your Utility Company Out to Kill You?, Mr. Allen exposes Wisconsin Public Service’s refusal to acknowledge the damages it did to his farm—and its refusal to mitigate its electrical voltages. The heated Allen v. Wisconsin Public Service Corporation trial went on for months, but ended in a $2 million victory for the dairy farm heir.
The Wisconsin Public Service Corporation is not the only utility company that has heard complaints of stray electrical currents:
• In February 2004, an Idaho dairy farm that claimed electrical power lines caused harm to their cows won $17.5 million—a record judgment for a stray electric current case.
• In June 2006, a Pierce City, Missouri dairy farmer was awarded $2 million in damages from New-Mac Electric Cooperative.
• In January 2008, dairy farmer Greg Siewert of Minnesota filed a $4 million lawsuit against the Xcel Energy company.
• In February 2002, a Milwaukee jury awarded a family $850,000 for a utility company’s negligence, which sickened the family’s dairy cows.
“Believe it or not,” Mr. Allen says, “the problem has gotten so bad that three prominent universities have sponsored seminars to teach utility personnel how to ‘correctly’ testify for utility companies in stray electrical voltage court cases.”
Mr. Allen continues, “Utilities are rarely fined for their wrongdoings. What’s more, they have nobody inspecting their distribution systems—they regulate themselves. Utility companies have polluted our water, our air and the soil we walk on. The effect on farms and livestock alone is enough to warrant mass concern, but factor in what it does to people, and you have a huge crisis on your hands.”
Russ Allen is one of the heirs to the Allen Dairy Farm outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and a leader in the movement against the electrical pollution of animals. He spent years in a heated court battle with the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation.
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