Tesla Vs. Top Gear: UK Court Rules Against Libel Claim

October 21, 2011
2011 Tesla Roadster 2
Ever the magnet for controversy, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson was partially vindicated this week when the British high court ruled in favor of the show and of the BBC, dismissing electric carmaker Tesla’s claim that the show misrepresented its Roadster’s range by pointing out that it was only able to go 55 miles, rather than the company’s claimed 200+ miles per charge.
In his ruling, Minister of Justice Michael Tugendhat said “the style of driving and the nature of the track as compared with the conditions on a public road…are so great that no reasonable person could understand that the performance on the track is capable of a direct comparison with a public road.”
Tugendhat reserved judgment on the malicious falsehood claim, which centers around the continued availability of the episode on the web, DVD, and through syndication to other video providers. Tesla claims it has seen a negative continuing impact on its reputation from the ongoing availability of the material. The case goes back to 2008, when the popular British motoring show reviewed the then-new Roadster.
A verdict on the malicious falsehood claims is expected within the next few weeks.
Source: The Guardian


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