Tesla sues Rivian alleging trade mystery theft by former workforce

Tesla sues Rivian alleging trade mystery theft by former workforce

Tesla says that on the same day that Wong spoke with her former manager regarding her background check, she later sent 16 "highly confidential and trade secret recruiting documents"-the same type of documents which it claims Rivian needed-to her personal email account". The company claims it has since identified two more former workers who have gone on to work at Rivian and alleges they "likely misappropriated Tesla trade secret, confidential or proprietary information". That timeline was extended to 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Rivian to suspend construction work on the factory, a former Mitsubishi plant that the company acquired in 2017.

After the massive $2.5 billion raised by the company just 2 weeks back, Rivian has finally announced that it will start the delivery of its all electric pickup trucks by summer 2021, becoming the first company globally to launch electric vehicles in the extensively lucrative commercial vehicles segment.

It also has a deal to produce more 100,000 all-electric delivery vans for Amazon, which will go into production once Rivian's own consumer vehicles are under way.

Interestingly, another employee directly named in the suit is accused of forwarding an email containing a list of high-level Tesla employees which are considered to be experts in the deployment and management of vehicle charging networks.

"Rivian is made up of high-performing, mission-driven teams, and our business model and technology are based on many years of engineering, design and strategy development", said the company in an emailed statement.

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Rivian denies the accusations, saying the alleged actions are "counter to Rivian's culture, ethos and corporate policies". "This requires the contribution and know-how of thousands of employees from across the technology and automotive spaces".

Employees are required to confirm "that they have not, and will not, introduce former employers' intellectual property into Rivian systems".

Rivain said the The electric Rivian R1T and R1S will deliver more than 400 miles of range.

In addition to the introduction of its pickup and sport-utility, it also plans to roll out its new electric utility vehicle for investor Amazon. Others, like its lawsuit filed against Xpeng Motors, have persisted. Another EV startup Workhorse, purchased GM's Lordstown, Ohio factory, which the automaker closed past year. Recently, it denied the allegations that the startup was moving its headquarters to Silicon Valley, Tesla's backyard. It is recognized as Tesla Inc. v. Rivian Automotive Inc., case number 20CV368472.

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