Tesla Faces Two Class Action Lawsuits Over Right-to-Repair Issue
Written by Reananda Hidayat PermonoCompleted Master of Science - MS, Petroleum Geology from Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
Elon Musk’s Tesla is facing another set of lawsuits, and it’s not about the alleged civil rights violations at its California factory.
The automaker company is being sued since the company has violated antitrust right-to-repair laws.
The Austin-based company received two class action suits filed this week in San Fransisco federal court.
The first suit, filed on Tuesday, includes plaintiff Virginia Lambrix.
Meanwhile, the second one, filed the following day, is led by plaintiff Robert Orendain.
Lambrix and Orendain are Tesla Model S owners, and both allege that they’ve been forced to pay very expensively to maintain and repair their Tesla cars.
The suits claim that the reason for the cost and wait times is Tesla’s monopolization of the markets.
The class action would be open to anyone who has paid for Tesla parts or repairs since March 2019.
Right-to-repair (right for owners to fix and fiddle with their belongings) has become a hot issue in recent years.
However, legislation surrounding the issue remains soft.
The lawsuit cites the 1975 Magnuson Moss Warranty Act that can force refunds where consumers have paid extreme prices under anti-competitive conditions.
Besides, the suits reference the antitrust Sherman Act, which broadly outlaws monopolization to prohibit unreasonable restraint of trade.
After all, like many electric vehicles, Tesla cars are only repairable at certified service centers.