Ex-Tesla employee will pay the automaker $ 400 thousand to reveal trade secrets

Ex-Tesla employee will pay the automaker $ 400 thousand to reveal trade secrets

December 3, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

He told the media about production delays at Tesla’s Nevada plant. Now such talkativeness will cost him a round sum.

The incident between Tesla and former brand employee Martin Tripp is coming to its logical conclusion. We will remind, Tripp was accused of disclosing a trade secret regarding the release of the Model 3 electric car.

According to Bloomberg, Tripp worked as a technician at Tesla Gigafactory from 2017 to 2018. At this time, he told the media that the goal of 5,000 copies of the Model 3, set by Elon Musk, was unattainable. All this was in the emails the journalists received. For such a statement, Tripp lost his job.

He later filed a libel suit against Tesla, accusing the automaker of spreading untrue rumors about him. However, this case was closed. The company accused its former employee of hacking its systems and transferring data to third parties.

Ultimately, Tesla was going to collect $ 167 million from its former engineer.
However, this amount was significantly reduced in court: Tripp will have to pay 400 thousand dollars.

Earlier it became known that Tesla received permission to sell the Model Y crossover in the Chinese market. This became known at the beginning of the week. Prior to that, in the Middle Kingdom, the American manufacturer sold only the Model 3 sedan.