Bohrmann v. Maine Yankee Atomic Power Co.

United States District Court for the District of Maine

926 F. Supp. 211 (D. Me. 1996)

To recover for the intentional tort of battery, a plaintiff must prove that the defendant intentionally made harmful or offensive contact with the plaintiff, causing injury.

Relevant Facts

Bohrmann and other chemistry students (the plaintiffs) went on a tour of Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company’s (the defendant) power plant. Two weeks earlier, a radioactive gas leak occurred at the plant. The repairs included flushing out hot spots in the plant’s demineralizer, a process that the defendant knew would lead to a release of radioactive gas. The repair was conducted during the plaintiffs’ tour. As a result, the plaintiffs tested positive for radiation exposure at the conclusion of the tour. Additionally, Bohrmann experienced a significant decrease in his white blood-cell count. The plaintiffs brought suit for battery. The defendants responded that they were in compliance with federal nuclear power-plant safety standards.

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Last updated:

December 3, 2020

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Citations

926 F. Supp. 211 (D. Me. 1996)