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News Rivian Sued By Tesla For Apparently Stealing Employees And Company Secrets

Rivian Sued By Tesla For Apparently Stealing Employees And Company Secrets

Tesla has filed a suit against Rivian for misappropriating trade secrets from ex-employees.


  • Tesla alleges, in a filing this week, that Rivian poached employees.

  • Four ex-Tesla employees, who now work for Rivian, are named in the suit.


Rivian is making serious waves in the start-up EV business and Tesla is contending that ex-employees might have something to do it. Tesla’s now suing Rivian for allegedly stealing trade secrets and employees.

2019 Tesla Model 3
2019 Tesla Model 3 Performance | Photo: Tesla

This report comes from CNBC following a motion filed by Tesla against Rivian. The lawsuit stipulates that: “Rivian is knowingly encouraging the misappropriation of Tesla’s trade secret, confidential, and proprietary information by Tesla employees that Rivian hires,” It goes on to name four former Tesla employees.

While four employees jumping ship should not be something to worry about, Tesla claims that, of Rivian’s 2,300 current staffers, 178 of them were once employed by Tesla.

Rivian R1S
Rivian R1S | Photo: Rivian

The filing adds: “In about the past week, Tesla has discovered a disturbing pattern of employees who are departing for Rivian surreptitiously stealing Tesla trade secret, confidential, and proprietary information — information that is especially useful for startup electric vehicle company. And Rivian encourages those thefts even though Rivian is well aware of Tesla employees’ confidentiality obligations,”

A Rivian spokesperson told CNBC that the suit’s allegations are baseless. In fact, all new employees who join Rivian are required “to confirm that they have not, and will not, introduce former employers’ intellectual property into the Rivian system.”

This is not the first time, and likely not the last, that Tesla has sued former employees and other companies.

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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