Tesla’s lawsuit towards Rivian, which was first filed in July 2020, has progressed in a California court docket.
Tesla claims that the electrical automobile start-up inspired “the misappropriation of Tesla’s commerce secrets and techniques, confidential, and proprietary data by Tesla workers that Rivian hires.” It additionally alleges a sample of workers leaving Tesla for Rivian and taking commerce secrets and techniques with them. Within the lawsuit, Tesla says that Rivian poached at least 178 of its workers.
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Rivian has denied the allegations and says that Tesla is coming after it in an try and shut down competitors within the EV market. It moved to have the lawsuit dismissed within the California Superior Court docket however its movement was denied earlier this week by decide William Monahan. The decide additionally declined its request to dismiss claims leveled towards seven former Tesla workers who now work for Rivian. The decide did, nonetheless, dismiss Tesla’s “worldwide interference in contract declare,” The Reality About Automobiles notes.
In its lawsuit, Tesla states: “Misappropriating Tesla’s competitively helpful confidential data when leaving Tesla for a brand new employer is clearly fallacious and dangerous. One would have interaction in that conduct just for an necessary profit – to make use of it to serve the aggressive pursuits of a brand new employer.”
Rivian has at all times denied the claims, stating that they “haven’t, and won’t, introduce former employers’ mental property into Rivian techniques.”
“Rivian is made up of high-performing, mission-driven groups, and our enterprise mannequin and expertise are based mostly on a few years of engineering, design and technique growth. This requires the contribution and know-how of hundreds of workers from throughout the expertise and automotive areas,” the automaker added.