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In one case, a former employee that Tesla accused of sabotage has hit back with his own lawsuit accusing it of "dangerous and wasteful" behaviour.
In June, the carmaker filed a lawsuit accusing Martin Tripp, a former technician at Tesla's Nevada factory, of hacking into its systems and passing confidential information to third parties. Now Mr Tripp is suing for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
He is seeking at least $1m. Mr Tripp maintains he was a whistleblower who leaked information to the Business Insider website because of environmental and safety issues.
The counter-claim, like the original lawsuit, was filed in the federal court in Nevada. In it, Mr Tripp says he acted because of Tesla's "high levels of waste and scrap", as well as what he called "unnerving, dangerous and wasteful business practices".
In the other, ex-employees of its SolarCity subsidiary say they were wrongfully dismissed after uncovering evidence of fake sales records.
...three former SolarCity workers say they were fired after their own attempt to blow the whistle on wrongdoing.
In a lawsuit filed in the San Diego Superior Court, they say they discovered fake sales accounts that were used to inflate the company's valuation and justify bonuses for certain employees. They say they told Mr Musk and other managers of their concerns, but were then dismissed in May 2017.
Tesla said it had fully investigated the issues and the facts did not support the allegations.
originally posted by: Grimpachi
I think some of the things Musk is doing purposely in order to devalue company stocks so he can buy them back cheaply.
originally posted by: BeefNoMeat
Well, it just may be that Elon is a bit high-strung; today’s after-closing quarterly earnings’ report just may be the crux of his outbursts etc. — those short sellers are laughing all the down (Tesla stock is gonna get hammered) and happy to true up their margin calls!
originally posted by: WarPig1939
Tesla a great concept but failed when put into practice like a lot of things in silicone valley. I lost all respect for Musk when he called that thai cave diver a "pedo" because the diver poked fun at the impractical sub Elon built as a PR stunt.
I know this won't hurt him in the wallet but it has the potential to seriously damage his credibility which runs deep in the tech industry. Just my guess though. I don't like him in the slightest bit, a egotistical con-man selling overpriced junk and slaps "innovation" on it to make it worth spending 5x than everything else.
In my belief, his arrogance and show-boating will be his downfall.