Michael Allagas, et al., v. BP Solar International, Inc., et al.
BP Solar Panel Settlement
Case No. 3:14-cv-00560-SI (EDL)

Welcome to the BP Solar Panel Settlement Website

If you have BP solar panels you may be entitled to replacement of the solar panels and/or a new inverter from a class action settlement.

 

Important Updates: A new model number, BP365TS, has been added to the list of eligible Class Panels. Please see the Long Form Notice for further details.

Additionally, as of February 7, 2020, new claims filed that prove to have Category 2 panels will no longer be remediated. Please see our FAQ section for further details.

 

A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against BP Solar and Home Depot involving solar panels manufactured between 1999 and 2007 with an S-type junction box (“Class Panels”). You may be entitled to benefits from a $45.33 million common fund.

The lawsuit claims these panels are defective and prone to junction box failures which could cause burn marks at the junction box, shattered glass, and a potential fire hazard. BP and Home Depot deny these claims.

burn mark and shattered glass on front of panel burnt junction box on back of panel
junction box damage on back of panell burn mark (without shattered glass) on front of panel

Clockwise from upper left: burn mark and shattered glass on front of panel; burnt junction box on back of panel; junction box damage on back of panel; and burn mark (without shattered glass) on front of panel.

Who’s Included?

The Settlement includes anyone in the United States who: (1) purchased certain BP solar panels for installation on a property, or (2) currently owns a property on which these panels are installed and, in either case, who still owns some or all of the BP solar panels.

The panels were sold through various distributors and retailers, including but not limited to Solar Depot and Home Depot.

What does the Settlement provide?

On December 22, 2016, the Court approved the $45.33 million Common Fund to pay for the removal and replacement of a subset of Class Panels (Category 1), and to pay administration, attorneys’ fees and costs, and Class Representative awards. The Court also approved the separate $20 million Claims Made Fund for the remaining Class Panels (Category 2), which have a lower failure rate. This Fund is now closed and Category 2 claims are no longer eligible. Nonresidential class members with 400 or more Class Panels are likewise no longer eligible.

Complete details are found in the Settlement Agreement and in the Long Form Notice.

How can I receive benefits?

You must file a claim to receive benefits. You can file a claim online or call 1-844-360-2767 to request a claim form be sent to you. Category 1 claims will be paid until the Fund is spent. Category 2 claims will last for three years after it starts or until the $20 million fund is spent. As of February 7, 2020, Category 2 claims will no longer be remediated.  Please see our FAQ section or call our toll-free number for more details.

What are my rights?

If you wanted to keep your right to sue the Defendants yourself, you must have excluded yourself from the Settlement Class by November 28, 2016. If you excluded yourself, you will not receive benefits from the Settlement. If you stayed in the Settlement Class, you could have objected to the Settlement by November 28, 2016, and you or your lawyer could have appeared at the hearing at your own expense. If you did nothing, you will not receive any benefits but you will still be bound by the Court’s decisions.

At the hearing on December 22, 2016, the Court approved the Settlement and Class Counsel's request for attorneys’ fees and expenses. The motion for attorneys’ fees and costs and class representative service awards, and the Court's orders, are available on the Court Documents page.

Key Dates

Date Event
November 3, 2016 Motion for Final Approval
Motion for Award of Attorneys' Fees and Costs
November 28, 2016
(postmarked)
Class Member Opt-Out Deadline [Expired]
November 28, 2016
(postmarked)
Class Member Objection Deadline [Expired]
December 7, 2016 Class Counsel’s Responses to Class Member Objections
December 22, 2016 Order and Judgment Granting Final Approval of Class action Settlement
January 23, 2017 Effective Date
February 7, 2020 End of Claims Period for the Claims Made Program

For More Information

Visit this website often to get the most up-to-date information.

Fax:
1-888-533-1637
Mail:
BP Solar Panel Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 6878
Broomfield, CO 80021