BP Solar Settlement
- Obtain more information in regards to the class action lawsuit entitled Michael Allagas, et al. v. BP Solar International, et al.
- The case is under review in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- A settlement fairness hearing will take place on or around 12/22/16 to discuss if the proposed 65 million dollar settlement is fair to class members
The BP Solar Settlement class member contend that the solar panels in question (made by BP and sold at Home Depot stores) were defective and pose a fire hazard and risk of shattered glass. The type of solar panels in question that were sold by BP are the S-type junction box style that were sold between between 1999 and 2007. Class members also content that the these solar panels could not be repaired and had to be tossed in the trash can at a major lost to the buyer. BP Solar International Inc. has denied any actions of wrong doing but have agreed to pay more than 65 million dollar into a settlement pot in order to resolve the issue.
BP Solar Settlement Quick Notes
- All objections and exlcsuions are due by 11/28/16
- David M. Birka-White, Mindy M. Wong, Robert J. Nelson, Nimish R. Desai, and John T. Spragens will represent all class members who file timely claims
- There are two types of rewards in this lawsuit depending on the class members purchase (see more below)
The two types of rewards related to the BP Solar Settlement are as follows:
Category 1: The defendants will pay for the removal, replacement and disposal of Class Panels that fall into Category 1 (see chart above or view the long form notice available on the settlement website for a full list).
Category 2: These solar panels have a lower failure rate than those in Category 1. Category 2 claimants will be entitled to a free visual inspection of their solar panels. If the failure rate of the claimant’s panels exceeds 20 percent, the claimant will be entitled to a full replacement of their Class Panels. If the failure rate is less than 20 percent, the claimant will receive a new inverter with arc fault detection, installed at no cost. This technology will preemptively shut down a system that is experiencing arc fault failure
Any questions in regards to the BP Solar Settlement or to request a claim form by mail please dial 1-844-360-2767. BP Solar International Inc. has hired Matthew T. Heartney and Alex Beroukhim from the law firm of Arnold & Porter to represent them in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.