Tokyo Electric Faces Fukushima Radiation Claims in U.S.

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By Peter Hayes

Tokyo Electric Power is subject to suit in the U.S. by servicemen alleging radiation exposure while assisting in the cleanup after a 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, the Ninth Circuit ruled ( Cooper v. Tokyo Elec. Power Co. , 9th Cir., 15-56424, 6/22/17 ).

The Ninth Circuit rejected the argument of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the owner of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor, that the claims should be heard in Japan.

The earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown in the core of the reactor, releasing radiation.

The putative class action seeks a billion-dollar medical monitoring fund and damages, including lost wages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.

Law Office of Bonner & Bonner in Sausalito, Calif., Edwards Kirby, LLP in Del Mar, Calif., and Paul C. Garner in Rancho Mirage, Calif. represent the plaintiffs.

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles represents Tokyo Electric Power.

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