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GE, Tokyo Power Company Win Appeal Over Fukushima Meltdown

May 22, 2020, 7:38 PM

General Electric Co. and Tokyo Electric Power Co. don’t have to face claims filed by U.S. service members over the Fukushima nuclear meltdown because Japanese law applies, and the case should be dismissed on international-comity grounds, the Ninth Circuit said Friday, affirming dismissal.

Hundreds of service members claim they were exposed to radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after they were deployed in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Japan. TEPCO owns and operates the plant, and GE was one of the plant manufacturers.

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