Sunday, March 29, 2009

Jury orders Ameren to pay $2.3 million / More EMR Information from France / Video from daily motion

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From: Donald W Zipse

On the day of the incident the utility measured 10 amperes flowing from the water to the dock – to the house and back to the substation.

Using NEETRAC Manual on stray voltages (of which Ameren is a supporting member) to say that the recommended human body resistance when submersed in water is in the neighborhood of 300 ohms.  Then told the jury that using these figures the voltage necessary to begin causing loss of muscle control is 1.8 volts. 


DWZ was interviewed by counsel, but not hired for case.  Too expensive probably.

Jury orders Ameren to pay $2.3 million to families of teens

March 5, 2009 - Attorney Brooks Kenagy, center, hugs Tracy and Ginger Jones outside the Jefferson County Courthouse. The Joneses own the house on Spring Lake south of De Soto where four teenagers were injured three years ago. The jury found in favor of the three families involved in a lawsuit against Ameren UE. The teenagers jumped off Jones's dock into electrified water. (J.B. Forbes /P-D)

By Christine Byers



HILLSBORO — Families of three teenagers involved in an electrical accident three years ago wept and embraced Thursday as they heard a Jefferson County jury recommend that AmerenUE pay them a combined $2.3 million.

On March 18, 2006, Nic Harbison, then 16, Morgan Milfeld and Tim Fitzpatrick, both then 15, and Joshua McClure, then 18, jumped into Spring Lake just south of De Soto. The teens had been sitting in a hot tub at a friend's home in the Summer Set subdivision, about 5 miles south of De Soto. Shortly after hitting the water, the teens became immoblized by an electric current.

Nic Harbison drowned, the others were resucitated. Harbison's father, Jerry "Jay" Harbison, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Tracy and Ginger Jones, who owned the dock from which the kids jumped, and against AmerenUE. He dropped the suit against the Joneses in October.

Milfeld and Fitzpatrick also filed suits against Ameren for injuries they suffered. The cases against the utility company were tried together over nine days. The jury deliberated for 1 ½ days and voted 9-3 in finding that Ameren's cable under the lake caused the current that paralyzed the swimmers.


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The jury awarded $1.25 million to the Harbisons; $725,000 to Fitzpatrick and $350,000 to Milfeld. Fitzpatrick is now 18 and a senior at De Soto High School. Milfeld, 19, plays soccer for Webster University.

AmerenUE spokeswoman Susan Gallagher said the company does not plan to make any changes to the underground cable at the lake in light of the jury's decision.

"We do not believe our electrical facilities present any hazards," she said, adding that the company has not decided whether to appeal the ruling. AmerenUE attorney James Virtel brought in experts and utility company employees who testified that the dock was the source of the stray voltage that immobilized the teens.

"We appreciate the jury's hard work and attention, but we're very disappointed in their decision," Virtel said. "We believe from the evidence and the science of electricity that our underground system did not cause the electricity in the water that immobilized these teenagers."

Lawyers Maurice Graham, Michael Williams and Brooks Kenagy represented the families. "It was obviously a difficult decision for the jury as evidenced by requiring two days of deliberation," Graham said. "The Fitzpatrick, Milfeld and Harbison families are relieved to have this behind them."

As an expression of that relief, some family members gathered on the dock after the verdict and threw flowers into the water.


More EMR Information from France
towards 10 min Salzburg...
16 min the scientist who had searched on tomato plants...
the French academy represented by prof. André Aurengo
23 min 30 Cindy Sage
24 min 40 European parliament and the woman of the 1st definition of justice...


Dear Agnes,
here is the link. I´m sorry but I am not too familiar with computer stuff. It would be great if you include this in your website, and it would be great if you send this to the media all over:

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I don’t know if you are authorized to send this link. But it is a very important video. Do not care about including my name, my goal (like yours) is that everybody have access to this information. But please, just check if you can use it. I will try and get more media emails and send them to you. We all are in this together. Glad to be of help. Pls receive my best regards.