Walmart drops court case against Tesla over solar panel fires

Walmart has agreed to drop a lawsuit against Tesla for an outbreak of solar panel fires filed in August, according to a new application to the New York State Supreme Court. The retail giant had claimed that "years of gross negligence" by Tesla – and its solar panel subsidiary, SolarCity – caused fires on the roofs of at least seven of its stores, causing millions of dollars in damage.


It is unclear what kind of settlement the two parties might have achieved. Tesla and Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Walmart's lawyers had accused SolarCity of "using a misguided business model that required them to install randomly and as soon as possible solar panel systems to make a profit", claiming that the company relied on contractors and subcontractors who were not hired correctly. , trained and supervised. "

The lawyers also claimed in the court case that Tesla had not properly handled Walmart's complaints about the fires. Only a few days after the court case was initiated, Business insider discovered a secret program at Tesla called "Project Titan" that was pushed up to gently repair the defects that led to solar panel fires.

However, a scheme seems to have been in the works for some time. In August, Walmart spokesperson Randy Hargrove told The edge that the companies & # 39; worked on a solution & # 39; before adding: & # 39; if you characterized that as a settlement, we would not dispute it. & # 39; Tesla CEO Elon Musk also said in a recent statement from the court that he spoke to the Walmart CEO shortly after the lawsuit was initiated, and that the two & # 39; had found a solution & # 39 ;.

"This lawsuit will be withdrawn," said Musk.