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Retail giant Walmart is suing Tesla over a number of roof fires at multiple Walmart stores which the company claims were caused by Tesla solar panels.
MarketWatch reports that retail giant Walmart Inc. is suing Elon Musk’s company over a number of roof fires at multiple Walmart stores which the firm alleges were caused by Elon Musk’s solar panels. Walmart is suing for breach of contract and is alleging “gross negligence” on Tesla’s part. Walmart is alleging that fires on the rooftops of stores in California, Maryland, and Ohio were the result of Tesla solar panels.
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The complaint filed on Tuesday states: “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.”
Tesla purchased SolarCity in 2016 for $2.6 billion. At the time of the acquisition, SolarCity was the largest installer of home-solar-panels in the United States. Tesla CEO Elon Musk was the chairman and largest shareholder of both companies at the time of purchase. SolarCity was founded by two of Musk’s cousins who have since left the firm. Tesla shareholders sued over the acquisition of...
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