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Blog Tesla Sues Former Employee for Hacking Trade Secrets

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    Tesla has filed a lawsuit against a former employee alleging he “unlawfully hacked the company’s confidential and trade secret information and transferred that information to third parties.” The company is seeking $1 million from the former employee, Martin Tripp, who worked as a process technician. According to the petition, Tesla says Tripp admitted to writing...
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    This guy should be sued into oblivion. No mercy.
     
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    Assuming Martin Tripp does not settle with Tesla and Tesla wins their lawsuit does anyone on teslamotorsclub know and would they mind explaining how wage garnishment works in California.
     
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    Nevada law probably applies here.

    All the people at Tesla who've put in ridiculous hours and given up much of their life to see them succeed, what a kick in the...
     
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    Oh, I must not have been paying as much attention to this news as I thought. I assumed Tripp was located at the Tesla manufacturing facility in Fremont, California.
     
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    Umm, how can open/public patents be "hacked"? Perhaps there are other trade secrets?
     
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    Just because the general patents for some designs are available does NOT mean that processes and software are provided under those patents. There is a GIGANTIC false assumption that everything Tesla is open-source. Nothing could be further from the truth. Their manufacturing processes, for example, are not in the public domain and would fall under protection here.

    This guy is TOAST. He's already admitted what he did. His only PRAYER is that he can point Tesla to a much larger fish that they can get evidence to go after.

    I would LOVE to see some organization like the UAW behind this. It would CRUSH their chances of ever getting Tesla labor under a union agreement.
     
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    Dude will be fine

    Tesla will offer $1 in damages for the 3rd parties/motivation.

    No “process tech” has any money unless he/she’s a trust fund baby.

    Offer $1 in damages for motivation = biggest story of the year (GL BUSINESS INSIDER)
     
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    Yea, as a patent attorney, i handle alot of these types of cases. Always surprises me when employees do this at large companies and not expect huge ramifications. Mr. Tripp is in hot water. He's looking at both monetary damages and potential jail time.
     
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    I wonder if he sabotaged the robots to cause them to puncture the battery cells?
     
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    Seems to me unrealistic expectations.....
     
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    #14 mongo, Jun 20, 2018
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    There were no punctured cells, that was part of what he, allegedly, made up.
    EDIT: properly corrected by @MP3Mike that this does not say there were no punctuated cells. Thank you!
    Edit2: and @BluestarE3 , my bad!

    From the filing
     
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    #15 MP3Mike, Jun 20, 2018
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    Tesla doesn't say that there were no punctured cells, they just say that no punctured cells were used. There is a difference there. And they state that he exaggerated the waste. So it is possible that he caused the damage, and then leaked it.
     
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    The way I interpreted that was that punctured cells were not used in the production of Model 3s (as claimed by Tripp), not necessarily that there were no punctured cells.
     
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    I really hope this guy was also shorting the stock, prior to these bad acts. Then he will have the FTC to deal with as well. :mad::mad:o_O
     
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    I think you mean SEC.
     
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    Gonna be a looooong weeek for Mr. Tripp.

    Does he destroy evidence and take the full brunt?

    Or save evidence and have Tesla minimize pain...

    Either way = rofl

    Can’t bargain if you can’t bargain.

    Somebody about to get exposed af.
     
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    Doh! Of course. I must need more caffeine :rolleyes:
     

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