Tesla Battery Class Action Settlement Finalized

Tesla Battery Class Action Settlement Finalized

A class action lawsuit alleges a battery defect with Tesla Model S cars
  • By: Staff Writer
  • Published June 28, 2022

A lawsuit alleging that, “Tesla Literally Catches on Fire Worldwide,” has received final approval for class action settlement. After a June 16, 2022, hearing, the Court gave final approval to the settlement, finding it fair, adequate, reasonable, and in the best interests of the settlement class.

The settlement class is:

All U.S. residents who, anytime during the period from May 15, 2019 through September 1, 2020, owned or leased a Tesla Model S vehicle that experienced a limitation of maximum battery voltage as the result of the software update issued by Tesla in May 2019. Excluded from the Settlement Class are any Judge presiding over this Action, the members of his or her immediate family, and Tesla and its officers and directors.

The Court approved attorney fees and costs to class counsel of about $410,000, with the lead Plaintiff, David Rasmussen, receiving a service award payment of $1,000.

As previously summarized, the August 2019 complaint alleged Tesla knew batteries of certain vehicles were defective and pushed out software updates despite knowing the vehicles would then lose range and performance. The complaint cites purported instances of Tesla batteries catching fire in countries around the world—while sitting in traffic or parked. After investigating one such fire, Tesla issued software updates to all Model S and X cars, but such updates allegedly severely limited the maximum amount of battery capacity available in those vehicles. The lawsuit contends Tesla violated federal and state laws.

The case is David Rasmussen, an individual, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated v. Tesla, Inc., d/b/a Tesla Motors, Inc., case number 5:19-cv-04596-BLF, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. 

You can read the final order below:

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