THIS!!! I just had this conversation twice over the weekend. It is horrible what Musk is doing. Sadly, his cult like followers (who have not read the actual lawsuit) spread misinformation and the general public assumes Rivian is stealing Tesla tech. If anybody actually took the time to read the lawsuit and understand it they would see it for what it is. This is an attempt to smear the competition and to scare anybody from leaving Tesla to it's competition. Musk's ego cannot handle somebody else stepping into his sandbox. In the end I will place a bet that Tesla will end up paying Rivian's legal fees when they lose. But the damage is already done. Mission accomplished. The court system should not be allowed to be used this way.I don't think Tesla cares at all about the outcome of this - they did what they intended to. They dirtied Rivian's reputation in the public eye. I have no idea whether Rivian is guilty, but regardless, Rivian has been portrayed as a technology thief. People will never know or remember whether it's mostly about HR matters, not core tech, Rivian is now perceived as having stolen from the only US tech success story of the last 50 years.
I hate so much the legal system is now so focused on the court of public opinion, and not the actual court of law. As messed up as the latter is, the former is a complete farce and very dangerous. I expect that if lawsuits were only allowed to be revealed AFTER the suit is complete this, and many other, suits would simply never come to be. All you need to do is FILE a suit, let it get some press and you have damaged your rival. It doesn't matter whether the other person is guilty or not, damage done - the company that filed the suit has already "won" regardless of the legal verdict.
How much press coverage would it get if the suit was tossed? How prominent would it be? And would people motive or remember it? And then would it tarnish Tesla's reputation. Almost none, not the least, nope and finally not at all.
It's like if a newspaper runs a huge headline about someone being *accused* of something terrible. They can splash that on page 1 for weeks and then when it's disproven or dropped, MAYBE they put a small article buried on page 30. Or a 2 sentence retraction if they actually made an accusation that was later refuted.
I am trying to reserve judgment about both companies until the suit is over, but having worked for a number of the largest US-based tech companies for decades and knowing how they work internally, I am extremely suspicious of this suit. I have never worked for a company that would want ANYTHING to do with someone else's stolen IP and when you leave - talk about a cluster****! The amount of incompetence involved in employees leaving a company would make "Office Space" look like a recruiting video for Initech!
My favorite line is "Musk's goals are for more EV competition to move to sustainable transportation." What a bunch of B.S. Guy is an unethical, ego maniac. His behavior towards competition and how he treats his employees awful.