Who is a Class Member
You are included in the Settlement if “you purchased Solar Tiles, a property on which Solar Tiles were installed or otherwise have a financial interest in the Solar Tiles or the energy generating capacity of the Solar Tiles.”
Specifically, the solar tiles covered by this settlement include 35-watt and 50-watt Solar Tiles most commonly sold under the brand names SolarSave or SolarBlend. The Solar Tiles may have been sold under various brand names including (but not limited to) the following:
- 35W SolarSaveTM
- 35W Solar Roofing Tiles
- Applied Solar 3ft Roofing Tile
- Applied Solar’s SolarSaveTMBIPV
- Open Energy OE35 Solar Tile
- Open Energy Roofing Tiles
- Open Energy’s SolarSaveTM Roofing Tile
- Open Energy SolarSaveTM Roof Tile OE-35
- Open Energy’s SolarSaveTM PV Tile
- SolarSaveTM OE-35
- SolarSaveTM Roofing Tile
- SolarSaveTM Roofing Tile Slate Grey 35
- SolarSaveTM ST-35 SolarBlend
Note: The Settlement does not cover Open Energy 34-watt solar tiles. The 34-watt solar tiles look very similar to the Solar Tiles included in the Settlement, but are different products.
If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other class action settlements you may be eligible for.
- Up To $2,500
The maximum cash benefit available for any property location will be $2,500.
Proof of Purchase
- You may be required to submit proof that Open Energy 35-watt or SolarBlend 50-watt solar tiles were installed on your property if your information doesn’t match the Claims Administrator’s records.
Open Energy, SolarBlend Solar Tile Settlement Notes
- Brian Everett v. Pulte Group Inc., et al.,
- Case No. SCV0033498
- Pending in Placer County Superior Court, California
In September 2013, Plaintiff Brian Everett initiated this class action lawsuit alleging that certain 35-watt and 50-watt solar tiles sold under the brand names SolarSave or SolarBlend are defective.
The solar tiles at issue in this class action lawsuit were manufactured between 2008 and 2012 and have a distinct look since they were designed as a replacement to conventional roof tiles and blend into the roof, rather than sit on top of the roof on a rack, which is the far more common installation design.
Pulte Group denies all claims in this case, including that the solar tiles present any type of safety risk. In addition, two of the defendants (Suntech America and Open Energy) have declared bankruptcy, and the insurance companies for all defendants have disputed coverage for the claims.
Complete details are provided in the Settlement Agreement. The Settlement Agreement and other related documents are available on the Solar Tile Settlement website.
Class members who wish to opt out or object to the terms of the Open Energy, Solar Blend Solar Tile Settlement must do so by July 19, 2018. Class members who wish to participate in the settlement must submit an Claim Form by July 19, 2018.
- 7/19/18: Claim Form Deadline
- 7/19/18: Objection or Exclusion Deadline
- 8/30/18: Final Hearing at 8:30 am PT* (class members do not need to attend this hearing in order to receive a slice of the settlement pie).
*Settlement Class Members who wish to speak at the hearing should check www.SolarTileSettlement.com to confirm that the date or time of the Hearing has not been changed.
- Mail: Everett v. Pulte Group Settlement, KCC Class Action Services, P.O. Box 404041, Louisville, KY 40233
- Phone: 1-866-670-3369
- Email: info@SolarTileSettlement.com
- Brian S. Kabateck and Cheryl A. Kenner of Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP
- Matthew R. Schoech of Schoech Law Group PC
- Glen Van Dyke of Van Dyke Law Group