Judge allows Tesla founder’s lawsuit to proceed
SAN FRANCISCO — A judge is refusing to toss out a lawsuit by a founder of Tesla Motors that accuses the electric car maker and its chief executive of libel, slander and several other allegations.
Martin Eberhard claims CEO Elon Musk unfairly blamed him for Tesla’s well-documented financial woes in interviews with the media and in postings on the company’s blogs. Eberhard also is suing to recover a $100,000 severance package the company took away from him because Tesla said he violated a non-disparagement agreement.
Yosef Peretz, who represents Eberhard against Tesla and Musk, says a San Mateo County Superior Court judge issued a written tentative ruling Tuesday refusing to toss out the lawsuit. The ruling says it appears Eberhard’s lawsuit will prevail.
No trial date has been set.