Looks like erstwhile and embittered Tesla CEO Martin Eberhard’s legal feud with Tesla had about as much life as one of those battery powered cars they’re making. The case has been voluntarily dismissed — has there been a settlement?
Eberhard had sued Tesla in May for defamation for publicly blaming Eberhard for production delays and whole laundry list of wrongdeeds from not paying his severance when he was ousted two years ago to crashing his Tesla Roadster. Eberhard and his new-kid-on-the-block, unafraid-of-risky-cases lawyer Yosef Peretz beat back the Tesla’s anti-SLAPP motion, the first hurdle for any defamation case. Although they did lose in their effort to have Eberhard declared a founder. And then on Aug. 7, the case was voluntarily dismissed. No one will comment: Peretz, Tesla or Tesla’s lawyers at Wilson Sonsini. But usually when a case is dismissed like this it means that there’s a settlement or at least a settlement in the works. We will keep you posted with the swiftness of a Tesla Roadster.
— Zusha Elinson