Stray voltage, also known as stray current or stray electricity, is a reality. Many courts have addressed stray voltage--the concept is not new.
About a year ago, a conglomeration of Minnesota utilities and a few Minnesota farm organizations touted a guide that was supposed to reflect a consensus regarding proper testing for harmful stray voltage. This publication is the Minnesota Stray Voltage Guide or MSVG.
Clay View Dairy, LLP in Goodhue, Minnesota and the Minnesota Milk Producers Association hosted a Stray Voltage Workshop this past week. The event was well attended by a large crowd of legislators, dairy farmers, industry leaders, and even a few representatives from electrical co-ops.
Yesterday, February 22, 2016, Charles A. Bird wrote here on our blog about the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirming the jury verdict awarding our clients Randall and Peggy Norman over $6.3 million for damages to their dairy caused by stray voltage emanating from Crow Wing Power & Light Company's electrical distribution system.
In a decision released today, February 22, 2016, the Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a Cass County, Minnesota jury's verdict in favor of dairy farmers Randy and Peggy Norman.