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Tesla Gets Second Court Order to Halt Work on German Factory

  • Berlin decision on appeal orders company to stop cutting trees
  • Environment groups claim project endangers lizards, snakes
Felled trees are cleared near the Tesla Gigafactory building site in Gruenheide, Germany.
Felled trees are cleared near the Tesla Gigafactory building site in Gruenheide, Germany.Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg
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Tesla Inc.’s legal headache in Germany is growing more painful after a court ordered the carmaker to halt logging at a construction site, raising the risk of delays to Elon Musk’s first electric-car factory in Europe.

For the second time this week, a court told Tesla to stop chopping down trees on the land where the plant will be built. The latest decision on Thursday by the higher administrative court in Berlin overturned a lower-court ruling just hours earlier that had allowed cutting to resume.