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05.12.2013

GSK advises Electric Vehicle Manufacturer Tesla Motors in Inquiry from German Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, or KBA)

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GSK Stockmann + Kollegen advised Tesla Motors GmbH in connection with an investigation by the German Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, or KBA) pursuant to the German Product Safety Act (Produktsicherheitsgesetz, or ProdSG). Tesla Motors GmbH is the German subsidiary of Tesla Motors, Inc., the leading US manufacturer of electric vehicles.

In America, a total of three Tesla Model S vehicles had burst into flames after crashing in recent weeks. Since Tesla Motors GmbH distributes this model also in Germany, these incidents had led to an investigation by the KBA. Tesla had provided the KBA with all necessary documentation regarding the damages from the fires as well as additional information regarding the crashes.

The KBA has given the all-clear regarding the fires involving the electric car Tesla Model S. According to the documents, no manufacturer-related defects could be found as cause for the crashes. This was confirmed by the KBA in a letter which has been published by the California manufacturer of electric vehicles. Therefore, no further measures such as a recall are deemed necessary by the German authority, and the KBA declared the process completed. 

GSK has been advising Tesla for some time, most recently in connection with its Internet and trademark use, eCommerce, product distribution, anti-trust issues and the provisioning of electric charging stations.

Legal Advisors to Tesla Motors GmbH: 
GSK Stockmann + Kollegen: Dr. Andreas Bauer LL.M. (lead partner Corporate,  Munich), Dr. Jörg Kahler (partner IP/IT, Berlin), Dr. Marcel Vietor (Corporate,      Munich), Dr. Ingmar Stein (IP/IT, Berlin), Johannes Müller LL.M. (IP/IT, Berlin), Patrizio Santomauro LL.M. (Real Estate, Munich).

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