As first covered on our sister site GreenCarReports, a British high court ruled against Tesla this week in its libel lawsuit against the BBC and its 'Top Gear' program, opining that the show's host Jeremy Clarkson's claims of a 55-mile range (versus Tesla's claimed 200 miles) did not amount to libel.
While Top Gear is off the hook for libel, the court has not yet ruled on Tesla's claim of malicious falsehoods relating to five separate incidents. In addition to claiming Top Gear staged the battery draining after 55 miles, it claims that the show fabricated a brake failure and motor overheating. Tesla says that its reputation suffers, even three years later, because the episode continues to be viewed via syndication and on-demand services.
Tesla wants Top Gear to publicly clear the record and stop airing the episode, but it seems to be failing in that regard.
A judgement on the malicious falsehood aspect of the case is expected within the next few weeks.