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General Electric Faces Two Lawsuits Over Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

General Electric Co. is facing two class-action lawsuits over the Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan following a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

In the first lawsuit, plaintiff Mitsuru Okura claims that GE and GE-Hitachi failed to safely design, construct and maintain the Fukushima power plant, which was damaged by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami.

The suit, which was filed in New York County Supreme Court, is seeking damages in the amount of $3 million per class member. The number of members that have joined the class has not been disclosed.

According to court documents, Okura and other class members suffered mental anguish and emotional distress, loss of business income and other economic injuries, and long-term health problems as a result of the companies' negligent and reckless conduct.

The second class-action lawsuit was filed against the same defendants by two businesses, Sasaki Body Ltd. and Mihana Ltd. The plaintiffs in that suit are seeking $5 million per class member.