Here in North Dakota there is a powerline that a company wants to put across 260 miles of farmland. I found all kinds of health issues for both animals, humans and crops. There are cases out there for MN where the farmers won in the millions of dollars because of the harmful effects of the stray voltage. They held a couple of hearings for the public to attend, (Public Commissioners, Judge, Atty's for the state and the power company). A good majority of the farmers attending these meetings were people in their retirement ages. Before these meetings were even over they had already gone on the family farm and put surveyors stakes in the ground when they were told they can NOT come on the property. They also told my Mom that if she didn't sign the right of way lease papers, she would have to pay her lawyer and their lawyers too.A majority of these farmers DO NOT WANT any part of this powerline going across their farms.....they are scaring these old people into signing these documents with the promise of eminent domain. At these meetings they wouldn't even answer the peoples questions about the health issues. At one of the meetings I attended the Judge closed the hearing right in the middle of the farmers question.The state of ND paid 500,000 to get a MN law changed to even get this 'dirty energy' into MN. Even the CEO of one of the power companies is against this powerline and plant. There is a UTUBE video out there about it.These farmers, retired are living on an income of 10,000 to 12,000 a year. The power company knows they can't pay to take this company to court, they are counting on that. The farmers are starting to fight with themselves about where these towers are to be placed.....no one wants them on their land. The papers have to be signed by the end of this month and these people don't have the money to take this company on....the power company have these old people so confused that they are totally worn out....and they use this to their advantage.Can you please give me any ideas about how to help these people in this short of time.
State/Country relating to question: North Dakota
I have been to the hearings only to be cut off by the Judge and laughed at by one of the Public Commissioners.
I wrote a letter to the Editor of our local paper. Also have a copy of a small town article that was published that the Commissioner said they spent 3.8 million on a study of the Crane because the bird was more important.
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Contact your state bar and ask for a referral to a class action lawyer in your state. There are plenty of lawyers looking for cases like this and they do not charge the individuals anything unless they win the case and get damages.
I need more information...what type of information would they need and how do I know if the person is any good. I don't know anything about this.
They want to go after the water rights after they get access to the land. How is a class action lawyer different from one that is looking over the paperwork for my Mom now?
Are you there?
Sorry I had to leave for a minute. A class action lawyer will work for all the farmers, now if she has an attorney who is handling everyone's case then that is all she needs. There is no guarantee that a referral from the bar will be the best attorney. But we can not refer you to an attorney from this site. There are attorneys who specialize in fighting power company due to the harm the lines cause and due to that specialty that is what sets them apart.
They are not taking on the power company as a group. My Mom is just having her attorney change some of the wording in the agreement they want her to sign. He isn't doing anything else.
Being they have to have this signed by the end of this month is it too late to get a class action lawyer started on this.
These farmers are taking on this big power company one on one and not as a group.
They should work as a group, that gives them more power. If you get an attorney soon, it is not too late to get an injunction to stop the power company for a short time to allow the owners to file the proper suit.
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