Legal & Courts  October 25, 2023

Court docs: Tesla has ignored unpaid-tolls lawsuit from Northwest Parkway

BROOMFIELD — Tesla Inc. has yet to respond to a legal complaint over tens of thousands of dollars in allegedly unpaid tolls filed last month by the operator of Northwest Parkway, prompting the group to request a default judgment from a Broomfield County District Court judge. 

Northwest Parkway LLC, the private group that maintains and operates the connector toll road between Highway E-470 in the east and U.S. Highway 36 in the west, sued Elon Musk’s electric car company in September, alleging that vehicles with license plates registered to Tesla’s dealership on Broadway in Littleton, representatives of which did not immediately respond to requests for comment, have racked up more than $34,000 in Go-Pass tolls, which the dealer has failed to pay on time.

A default judgment would settle the lawsuit in favor of the plaintiff in advance of a trial. Such judgments are typically granted when one party fails to respond to a complaint or summons or doesn’t appear in court.

“Ongoing and continuous use of the Northwest Parkway by the motor vehicle(s) registered to defendant Tesla Inc. constitutes consent and agreement to the terms of use and creates a binding contract between Tesla Inc. and plaintiff Northwest Parkway LLC,” alleged the complaint. “… The failure to pay Go-Pass toll bills on time is a breach of the contract for use of the Northwest Parkway and subjects defendant Tesla Inc. to additional fees and legal action.”

The Northwest Parkway opened to traffic in late 2003, and toll collection began the following year. In November 2007, Northwest Parkway LLC entered into a 99-year lease with Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority that allows the company to collect tolls in exchange for maintaining the highway. 

Go-Pass toll rates range from $1.70 to $5.20 per trip for two-axle vehicles, meaning that, if NP LLC’s allegations are true, Tesla’s dealer cars could have used Northwest Parkway as many as about 20,000 times without paying.

Another Musk company, X Corp., formerly Twitter Inc., faces other legal actions.

This June, a Boulder County District Court judge signed off on an eviction order, allowing a landlord to remove X Corp. from its offices in the S’Park development in central Boulder. Prior to the order, the company hadn’t been active in that space for months.

X , as of this summer, also appeared to be behind on rent payments at its 1301 Walnut St. offices in Boulder, which were put on the sublease market in 2022 after the company vacated.

It’s not just major landlords and highway operators that Musk’s companies have allegedly stiffed. Avalanche Commercial Cleaning Inc., a local, Boulder-based small business, claimed in a May lawsuit that X Corp. owed nearly $100,000 in unpaid bills for cleaning services provided at the company’s Walnut Street offices.

BROOMFIELD — Tesla Inc. has yet to respond to a legal complaint over tens of thousands of dollars in allegedly unpaid tolls filed last month by the operator of Northwest Parkway, prompting the group to request a default judgment from a Broomfield County District Court judge. 

Northwest Parkway LLC, the private group that maintains and operates the connector toll road between Highway E-470 in the east and U.S. Highway 36 in the west, sued Elon Musk’s electric car company in September, alleging that vehicles with license plates registered to Tesla’s dealership on Broadway in Littleton, representatives of which did not…

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A Maryland native, Lucas has worked at news agencies from Wyoming to South Carolina before putting roots down in Colorado.
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