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Published September 10, 2009, 12:33 PM

Court: Farm can sue energy company

Court: Farm can sue energy company

By: Associated Press, Worthington Daily Globe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has reinstated a stray voltage complaint against Alliant Energy.

Bickford Farms, Inc., of Ridgeway filed a stray voltage claim in 2008 against Alliant and its subsidiary, Wisconsin Power and Light.

Dane County Circuit Judge Michael Nowakowski dismissed Alliant from the case based on evidence that WP&L, not Alliant, provided the farm with the electrical service that allegedly damaged their operations.

The 4th District Court of Appeals reversed Nowakowski's ruling Thursday, pointing out the farm also alleged negligence in voltage testing on its property.

The appeals court noted a letter a tester wrote to the farm had an Alliant logo on it and contains other information that infers the tester was an Alliant employee. Alliant spokesman Scott Reigstad declined comment.