Fri. Nov 22nd, 2019

Walmart sues Tesla over solar-panel roof fires

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Walmart Inc.

WMT, -1.55%

is suing Tesla Inc.

TSLA, -0.43%

over a spate of roof fires at several Walmart stores in 2018 that the retailer alleges were caused by Tesla solar panels. “At each location, the fire had originated in the Tesla solar panels,” according to a filing on Tuesday. “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,” the complaint said. Tesla could not be immediately reached for comment. Shares of Tesla were down 0.4% in the extended session, matching the day’s loss.

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