Tesla Seeks $167 Million In Damages From Whistleblower Ex-Employee

Tesla is seeking in excess of $167 million in a lawsuit against former employee Martin Tripp, CNBC reports.

Tripp worked at Tesla’s Gigafactory from October 2017 until June this year. The automaker claims that Tripp stole records of its intellectual property and installed damaging software on its computers.

Additionally, Tesla asserted in a civil complaint against Tripp filed in federal court that he had “admitted to writing software that hacked Tesla’s manufacturing operating system (‘MOS’) and to transferring several gigabytes of Tesla data to outside entities.”

While Tripp has admitted his actions, he has called himself a whistleblower for exposing shady practices. He says that Tesla installed damaged batteries in new Model 3 cars delivered to customers, has misrepresented the number of vehicles it’s made, and has been improperly storing potentially hazardous scrap material.

Tripp’s attorneys for had sought to depose Tesla chief executive Elon Musk and more than 10 other people from the automaker. Tesla has refused to make Musk available and wants to limit the number of people deposed.

Attorney Robert D. Mitchell, who represents Tripp, says Tesla’s damage claims are “absurd.”

“The purported damage amount claimed by Tesla relates to supposed dips in Tesla’s stock price by virtue of the information Mr. Tripp provided to the press last summer.”

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  • Mr. EP9

    Looks like yet another nasty court room battle will be on our hands. I’ll bring the pretzels.

    • Bash

      No food allowed in the court.


    • Arthur Burnside

      Tesla better watch what they say (that would be new) -Tripp is not a software guy – so how was a non computer guy able to “hack” anything ? He claims he merely requested data, which he has a right to do. So what are those important “secrets” – Tesla is
      not even describing them. Sounds like it was nothing more than driving data. And Musk manipulated stock prices far more than this guy could have, nor was it his intent to manipulate stock prices, while Musk clearly intended to harm investors with false information. So why isn’t Musk behind bars like Martha Stewart, whose acts were insignficiant compared to Musk’s.


      • Shane

        He doesn’t need to be a software guy to hack! It’s basically plug and play these days.

    • Marty made a choice, now he has to deal with it. He’s doing quite well with his GoFundMe page too.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    I look forward to Mercedes, Audi, BMW and Porsche destroying Tesla.

  • Ed

    This is not going to go well for Marty…and whomever put him up to this.


  • TheHake

    Bwhahahaha. Suing an individual for $167mil. WTF?

  • Six_Tymes

    typical lawyer response. most are all assholes

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    $167m In damages? WHoever came up with that figure must be off their face on Ambien.

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