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Musk tries to move long running trial to Texas

by on09 January 2023

Thinks the people of San Francisco might hate him 

Supreme Twit Elon [look at me]  Musk has asked a federal judge in a long running case against him to move a trial from San Francisco to Texas because he thinks the local media has made people hate him. 

In a filing submitted late Friday – less than two weeks before the trial was set to begin on 17 January – Musk’s lawyers argue it should be moved to the federal court in the western district of Texas. That district includes the state capital of Austin, which is where Musk relocated his electric car company, Tesla, in late 2021.

The shareholder lawsuit stems from Musk’s tweets in August 2018 when he said he had sufficient financing to take Tesla private at $420 a share. This bit of bragging turned out not to be true and messed with Tesla’s share price.

In a victory for the shareholders last spring, Judge Edward Chen ruled that Musk’s tweets were false and reckless. If moving the trial isn’t possible, Musk’s lawyers want it postponed until negative publicity regarding the billionaire’s purchase of Twitter has died down.

The filing by Musk’s attorneys also notes that Twitter has laid off about 1,000 residents in the San Francisco area since he purchased the company in late October.

 “For the last several months, the local media have saturated this district with biased and negative stories about Musk,” attorney Alex Spiro wrote in a court filing. Those news items have personally blamed Musk for recent layoffs at Twitter, Spiro wrote, and have charged that the job cuts may have even violated laws.

The shareholders’ attorneys emphasised the last-minute timing of the request, saying: “Musk’s concerns are unfounded and his motion is meritless.”

“The northern district of California is the proper venue for this lawsuit and where it has been actively litigated for over four years,” attorney Nicholas Porritt wrote in an email.

“A substantial portion of the jury pool … is likely to hold a personal and material bias against Mr Musk as a result of recent layoffs at one of his companies as individual prospective jurors – or their friends and relatives – may have been personally impacted,” the filing said.

Musk has also been criticised by San Francisco’s mayor and other local officials for the job cuts, the filing said.

We are not sure why Musk thinks that the good people of Texas might like him any more. 


Last modified on 09 January 2023
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