Wally World Sues Tesla: Solar Panel Fires

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source: Market Watch

‘Gross negligence’ on Tesla’s part led to spate of rooftop fires, Walmart says

Walmart Inc. is suing Tesla Inc. over a spate of roof fires at several Walmart stores that the retailer alleges were caused by Tesla solar panels.

Walmart WMT, +1.16%  is suing for breach of contract and alleges “gross negligence” on Tesla’s TSLA, -2.07%  part for the fires, which it says all started on the rooftops of several stores in California, Maryland and Ohio that had Tesla solar panels.

“To state the obvious, properly designed, installed, inspected, and maintained solar systems do not spontaneously combust, and the occurrence of multiple fires involving Tesla’s solar systems is but one unmistakable sign of negligence by Tesla.”

From Walmart complaint

Tesla did not immediately return a request for comment. A Walmart spokesperson said it had “nothing more to add” beyond the complaint.

Tesla bought SolarCity Corp. in June 2016 for $2.6 billion. At the time, SolarCity was the largest U.S. home-solar-panel installer, and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk was then chairman and largest shareholder of both companies. SolarCity was founded and run by two of Musk’s cousins, who later left the business. Some Tesla shareholders sued over the acquisition, and that case is due to go to trial in March 2020.

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