Tesla and Walmart settle lawsuit over issues concerning solar panel installations
Post date: 07/11/2019 - 10:40
Tesla Inc’s lawsuit with American multinational retail company Walmart has come to a close according to a joint statement made by the two companies. Walmart filed a complaint with the New York County Supreme Court in August 2019, alleging the electric car maker’s solar panels were the cause of roof fires at no fewer than seven locations within the United States.
In early November, Walmart requested a discontinuance in the case, voluntarily ending the lawsuit with Tesla. The companies jointly announced the case had been thrown out, and they would resume working toward a future involving sustainable energy together. »Walmart and Tesla are pleased to have resolved the issues raised by Walmart concerning the Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores,« the statement says. The exact details of the agreement between the two companies are unknown as it was settled out of court. However, the court approval and final dismissal of the case are expected to take place soon, says Tesla.
»Walmart and Tesla look forward to addressing all issues and re-energizing Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores, once all parties are certain that all concerns have been addressed.«
Walmart filed the lawsuit claiming Tesla had committed »widespread, systematic negligence« by not following industry practices. They claim Tesla utilized untrained and unsupervised personnel to install the panels. Walmart believes this led to the fires and claims they incurred millions of dollars in losses and significant amounts of destroyed merchandise as a result.
Tesla acquired installer SolarCity in 2016, Walmart became a customer 2010 of the company by purchasing and installing solar systems on eight of its store’s rooftops. In August 2019, 248 of Walmart’s retail locations utilize solar panels. The company halted the operation of all systems when the lawsuit was filed. However, these systems will resume operation soon as a part of the agreement between the two companies.