California Company Owned by Neil Young Sued Over Warehouse Fire

January 23, 2012

A company founded by rocker Neil Young is facing a lawsuit over a fire in the San Francisco Bay Area that authorities say started in a vintage car he had converted into a hybrid vehicle.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Unigard Insurance Co. sued LincVolt LLC this week, accusing the company of negligence for converting the 1959 Lincoln Continental to run on electricity and a biodiesel-powered generator.

The suit seeks nearly $500,000 that Unigard says it paid to the owner of a building damaged in the 2010 fire.

Fire officials say the fire started in the car. Young converted the car into a hybrid vehicle in a highly publicized project to promote fuel efficiency.

Young did not respond to a request for comment.

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