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Tesla sues former team manager for one of the autopilot software teams


FSD Beta (99)
Mar 7, 2016
SF Bay Area
Disappointing, if true. You'd think a technology professional would know better.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Santa Clara Superior Court alleges that Sterling Anderson, a program manager with the automaker's Autopilot team, violated his contract by attempting to recruit at least a dozen Tesla engineers, taking confidential and proprietary information, and doctoring and destroying evidence to "cover his tracks—all for the benefit of a competing venture he launched while still a Tesla employee."

Anderson, who managed parts of the Autopilot team, was terminated January 4, according to court documents.


“Tesla’s meritless lawsuit reveals both a startling paranoia and an unhealthy fear of competition," according to a statement sent to Fortune from Aurora Innovation LLC. "This abuse of the legal system is a malicious attempt to stifle a competitor and destroy personal reputations. Aurora looks forward to disproving these false allegations in court and to building a successful self-driving business.”

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