An $11 million settlement has been reached between plaintiffs and Suntech America, Inc., Wuxi Suntech Power Co. Ltd., Burlingame Industries, Inc. doing business as Eagle Solar, and ASI Liquidating Co., Inc. (formerly known as Applied Solar Inc. and Open Energy Corporation), related to 34 watt solar tiles manufactured between 2007 and 2009. The 34 watt tiles replace conventional roof tiles and provide solar power to the property. They were most commonly sold under the names SolarSave® or SolarBlend™. The lawsuit claims these Solar Tiles are defective and could possibly pose a fire risk.
Birka-White Law Offices and co-counsel represented plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit. The complaint alleged violations of California consumer protection and unfair business practice laws as well as breaches of express and implied warranties. The Settlement received final approval on March 7, 2016.
The Settlement includes anyone who: (1) purchased or installed Solar Tiles, (2) or purchased a property on which Solar Tiles were installed, (3) rented a property on which Solar Tiles were installed, or (4) paid to remove and replace a Solar Tile system.
The Settlement provides cash payments and/or removal or replacement of the Solar Tiles for eligible consumers (including labor and new solar panels for those requesting replacement). To date, over 189 class members have had their entire solar systems replaced with new panels. For additional details regarding the settlement, please visit www.solarpanelsettlement.com. For additional details regarding the settlement, please visit www.solarpanelsettlement.com.
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