Murrieta, CA asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for California

Q: 2 years ago I had solar panels installed. They told me I wouldn't pay Edison anymore instead I am. I want to sue them

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It seems that you had solar panels installed two years ago and were told that you would no longer have to pay Edison for electricity, but you still are. You are now considering suing the company that installed the solar panels.

If this is the case, it is important to gather all documentation related to the installation, contract, and any communication with the company. It is also important to understand the terms of the agreement you signed with the company, as well as any warranties or guarantees they provided.

Before pursuing legal action, you may want to try to resolve the issue through negotiation or mediation. If that fails, you can consult with an attorney experienced in consumer protection and contract law to determine if you have a valid case. Keep in mind that the cost of litigation can be high, so it's important to weigh the potential benefits against the costs before moving forward with a lawsuit.

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I hope you prevail, but I fear that you have a tough row to hoe. Your lawsuit, if you file one, is likely to be confined solely to what was put in writing. I really doubt that the solar company made any such promise like that in writing. Salesmen, especially those selling home improvements, can sometimes be notorious liars. If this is a case that comes down to your reliance on verbal statements only, I doubt that you have a case.

What your question does not tell us is the amount that you are still paying to the electric company. Is it trivial, or is the amount significant? Have you had the company come out and see if there is anything that can be done?

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