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News Tesla Adds New Allegations in its Lawsuit Against Rivian

Tesla Adds New Allegations in its Lawsuit Against Rivian

Tesla’s lawsuit against Rivian now includes contentions that three defectors were caught stealing technology


  • The suit was initially filed 14 months ago.

  • Tesla claims that Rivian poached employees and trade secrets.

  • The new allegations include the recent stealing of core battery technologies.


Back in July of 2020, Tesla filed a lawsuit against rival Rivian claiming that they’d poached some of its employees and, more importantly, the misappropriation of trade secrets. Little has happened since the filing however Tesla recently added new allegations to the suit as well as naming three more former employees as defendants.

Rivian R1S | Photo: Rivian

Since July of 2020, Rivian’s gone about its business, after losing its initial request for dismissal last March. In fact, they’ve gone from roughly 2,300 to 8,000 employees since Tesla originally sued Rivian. They’ve also begun production of the R1T truck and will soon do the same for the R1S SUV.

According to Automotive News, late last month, a California state court judge permitted Tesla to include new allegations in the pending case, and name three more of its former employees as defendants. One accusation involves an instance where Tesla defectors were “caught red-handed” stealing next-generation battery technology.

Rivian Sued By Tesla For Apparently Stealing Employees And Company Secrets

Rivian continues to claim that the suit is without merit. They’ve said: “For several of its trade secrets it has provided so little detail that Rivian is unable to ascertain what Tesla is claiming as its intellectual property, let alone whether what it is claiming is or could be secret,”

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