Former employee Tesla demanded $1 million for libel about espionageAugust 1, 2018
The former technologist Tesla Motors Martin Tripp, whom the automaker accused of data theft and sabotage, filed a counterclaim. The ex-employee of the company claims damages of one million dollars for “caused moral suffering”. This is reported by The Verge.
In June, the head of Tesla Elon Musk announced the disclosure of a large-scale sabotage, which dealt with one of the company’s employees. According to Mask, the employee illegally collected and distributed confidential commercial information.
Later, the company’s management sued Tripp. According to the prosecution, the technologist was able to write a special computer program that could hack the Tesla operating system and steal data. The company itself believes that with the help of this code dozens of confidential photos and video with technical information were transferred to third parties.
Now Tripp filed a counterclaim, in which he accuses the company of libel. The act says that over the past few weeks Ilon Mask and other representatives of Tesla have made a number of statements in the press and social networks that are incorrect. The actions of the company’s management caused moral suffering and fear for personal safety.
In addition, Tripp complains of anxiety, nausea and insomnia, which he suffers during the last month. The ex-technologist demands from Tesla compensation of moral damage in the amount of one million dollars, and the imposition of a fine for the company, the size of which is not called.