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updated 2:33 PM UTC, Jul 21, 2018

Trempealeau County Farmer Wins Stray Voltage Case Against Xcel Energy

  • Written by Tyler Bue
  • Published in News

A Trempealeau County farmer could be awarded up to 13-and-a-half million dollars after winning a five-year legal battle against an electric services company over stray voltage.

Dairy farmer Paul Halderson tells the La Crosse Tribune that his herd of nearly one-thousand cows dealt with illness and decreased milk production for more than a decade because of Xcel Energy's improperly grounded power lines. A Trempealeau County jury found the company was negligent and didn't follow state regulations, causing Halderson nearly $4 million in losses. The jury awarded Halderson about four-point-five million dollars, but the court may triple that amount because the company was found in willful, wanton or reckless violation of statutes.

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