Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

Walmart, Tesla involved in business litigation over solar panels

When issues arise, it is common for Florida businesses and those elsewhere to feel that taking legal action is the best approach. Lawsuits can often help address serious problems for which a company may need to seek damages. Though legal claims can be avoided in some cases when parties work out issues among themselves, some problems are not so easily handled, and business litigation is needed.

It was recently reported that Walmart has filed a legal claim against Tesla due to issues relating to solar panels installed by the energy company. Since 2012, seven fires have started at Walmart locations due to issues with the solar panels. The retail giant wants Tesla to remove the remaining solar panels from over 200 stores, and it is seeking compensation for damages resulting from the fires.

Walmart believes that the solar panels were installed haphazardly in efforts for Tesla to turn a profit on its SolarCity project. Walmart apparently reached out to Tesla after learning that the solar panels contributed to the multiple fires, but Tesla inspectors allegedly claimed that the problems were fixed when they were not. A Tesla representative issued a statement indicating that both companies were looking forward to addressing the issues.

Though a best-case scenario is often working out a problem before legal action is needed, this attempt does not always garner the desired results. Business litigation can allow both sides to fully address the issues at hand to reach a resolution. Florida business owners needing to address issues relating to their companies may want to look into their legal options.

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