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Tesla supercharging class action lawsuit overview:
- Who: Sean Cohen filed a class action lawsuit against Tesla Inc.
- Why: Cohen claims Tesla falsely advertised three years of unlimited free supercharging to consumers who purchased a Model S or Model X vehicle from between April and June 2023.
- Where: The class action lawsuit has been removed to a California federal court.
Tesla falsely promised three years of supercharging for consumers who purchased its Model S and Model X vehicles between April and June 2023, a new class action lawsuit alleges.
Plaintiff Sean Cohen claims Tesla did not actually intend to provide free supercharging to Tesla Model S and Model X buyers, despite allegedly advertising that it would and tricking consumers into paying more for the vehicles because of it.
Cohen argues Tesla effectively ran an online marketing scheme that included falsely advertising unlimited free supercharging for customers who purchased the Model S and Model X vehicles between April 20 and June 30.
“Plaintiff would not have purchased a unit of the products, or would have paid a substantially lower price, if he had known that the advertising as described herein was false, misleading and deceptive,” the Tesla class action states.
Cohen wants to represent a California class of consumers who have purchased a Tesla Model S or Model X vehicle for personal use since May 17, 2019.
Tesla knows car buyers place emphasis on supercharging costs when buying an electric vehicle, says class action
Cohen argues Tesla chose to advertise three years of free unlimited supercharging for Model S and Model X purchasers since the automaker allegedly knew the cost to supercharge an electric vehicle is “unquestionably material” to car buyers.
“That is clearly why defendant Tesla chose to prominently highlight the ‘3 Years of Free Supercharging’ and savings features,” the Tesla class action states.
Cohen claims Tesla is guilty of fraud, unjust enrichment, and negligent misrepresentation, and of violating California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, and Consumers Legal Remedies Act.
The plaintiff is demanding a jury trial and requesting declaratory and injunctive relief along with an award of compensatory, statutory and punitive damages for himself and all class members.
A separate class action lawsuit was filed against Tesla earlier this month by a trio of consumers arguing the automaker grossly overestimates range for its electric vehicles in advertisements.
Have you purchased a Tesla Model S or Model X vehicle since May 17, 2019? Let us know in the comments!
The plaintiff is represented by Shalini Dogra of Dogra Law Group PC.
The Tesla supercharging class action lawsuit is Cohen, et al. v. Tesla Inc., Case No. 2:23-cv-07057, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
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