Tesla drops lawsuit against California county after plant allowed to reopen

Tesla drops lawsuit against California county after plant allowed to reopen
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Tesla on Wednesday dropped a lawsuit against a California county that had barred the electric car company from reopening one of its factories.

The lawsuit, filed in early May against Alameda County, sought an injunction that would allow it to operate immediately, alleging the county violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment.

The Fremont, Calif., plant closed in March, shortly after Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia Gov. Newsom calls for statewide use-of-force standard Watch live: California Gov. Newsom holds press conference amid George Floyd protests Chief Justice Roberts wisely defers to California governor in church challenge  MORE (D) issued a statewide stay-at-home order.

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Earlier this month, California updated its guidance on manufacturing, allowing some factories to reopen but giving precedence to county-level restrictions.

Alameda County and five other Bay Area counties opted to keep factories closed.

Tesla then announced it would reopen the plant anyway and sued the county.

Despite that escalation, local officials were able to reach an agreement with Tesla.

The Alameda County Public Health Department said in a statement that it approved reopening the Fremont plant after reviewing the company's safety plans.

“We will be working with the Fremont Police Department to verify Tesla is adhering to physical distancing and that agreed upon health and safety measures are in place for the safety of their workers as they prepare for full production,” the department said.