Elon Musk says he can’t get fair trial in California in Tesla shareholder suit, wants Texas

WASHINGTON — Elon Musk has urged a federal choose to shift a trial in a shareholder lawsuit out of San Francisco as a result of he says unfavorable native media protection has biased potential jurors in opposition to him.

As an alternative, in a submitting submitted late Friday — lower than two weeks earlier than the trial was set to start on Jan. 17 — Musk’s legal professionals argue it needs to be moved to the federal courtroom within the western district of Texas. That district contains the state capital of Austin, which is the place Musk relocated his electrical automobile firm, Tesla
in late 2021.

The shareholder lawsuit stems from Musk’s tweets in August 2018 when he stated he had enough financing to take Tesla non-public at $420 a share — an announcement that prompted heavy volatility in Tesla’s share worth.

In a victory for the shareholders final spring, Decide Edward Chen dominated that Musk’s tweets have been false and reckless.

If shifting the trial isn’t doable, Musk’s legal professionals need it postponed till unfavorable publicity relating to the billionaire’s buy of Twitter has died down.

“For the final a number of months, the native media have saturated this district with biased and unfavorable tales about Mr. Musk,” legal professional Alex Spiro wrote in a courtroom submitting. These information objects have personally blamed Musk for latest layoffs at Twitter, Spiro wrote, and have charged that the job cuts could have even violated legal guidelines.

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

“The Northern District of California is the correct venue for this lawsuit and the place it has been actively litigated for over 4 years,” legal professional Nicholas Porritt wrote in an e mail.

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

“A considerable portion of the jury pool … is prone to maintain a private and materials bias in opposition to Mr. Musk on account of latest layoffs at one in all his corporations as particular person potential jurors — or their associates and kin — could have been personally impacted,” the submitting stated.

Musk has additionally been criticized by San Francisco’s mayor and different native officers for the job cuts, the submitting stated.

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