The Sendai District Court ruled Tuesday against the plaintiffs in a damages suit brought by relatives of three bank employees killed by the huge tsunami generated by the March 11, 2011, earthquake.

The relatives were seeking about ¥235 million from 77 Bank, a regional bank based in Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture.

In rejecting the lawsuit, the three-judge panel led by Norio Saiki said the bank could not have expected such huge tsunami to strike.