In the United States of America, the litigations activity in the automotive sector has increased drastically since the year 2008. There are lots of automotive companies ranging from start-ups to much-established ones who are regularly in legal confrontation with each other. Amid all these, the start-up company of the United States, Zoox Inc. has informed about the settlement on the lawsuit with Tesla Inc. Apart from this, Zoox Inc. had admitted that some of the new joiners had stolen confidential information and shared secrets for creating logistics, warehousing, and inventory control operations from Tesla when they joined the US start-up company. Zoox further stated that it is going to pay an undisclosed amount and would have to undergo audit measures to make sure that the existing staff of the company are not having and not using any confidential data from Tesla.
The matter dates to a year back when in March 2019, Tesla filed two cases against Zoox and various of its ex-employees. The carmaker at Silicon Valley had confirmed that four ex-employees illegally supported Zoox by stealing exclusive information and trade secrets for logistics and inventory control and warehousing operations. Tesla had further confirmed that an ex-employee of the company had delivered the source code with regards to Autopilot driver support feature before joining a Chinese electric automaker.
Last year, Tesla had also publicly revealed the name of their four ex-employees who were involved in the case- Scott Turner, Sydney Cooper, Christian Dement, and Craigh Emigh. The company claimed that these four employees fled from the company after taking all the exclusive information of the company, which became an easy advantage for other carmakers. As per the Tesla’s defence in the lawsuit, these materials were created by the company with great efforts and money, and it took many years to develop, which led the company to file a complaint against them. According to Tesla, Scott Turner, who was Tesla distribution centre’s ex-manager had sent secret official papers which enclosed evidence about the Tesla’s receiving and inventory procedures in his email. It also contained the details of the physical blueprints of Warehouses.
Reportedly, this was not the only lawsuit, which Tesla had filed, but It had also filed a separate lawsuit for similar kind of case, against Guangzhi Cao, who was the part of Tesla’s Autopilot group. As per the company statement, the Guangzhi Cao suddenly resigned from the company on 3rd January 2020 and then later he got the job in start-up company of China who had released it’s first-ever electric SUV car during the year 2019. Tesla claimed that this SUV electric car had Tesla’s Genetic copy as the parts of the vehicle were made using open source copyrights of Tesla. The company had claimed that during the tenure of Cao, he had uploaded entire information of autopilot source code to his iCloud account. The company further claimed that he uploaded over 0.3 million documents and directories with regards to Autopilot.
Meanwhile, many automobile businesses are seeking for the best technology to create autopilots themselves. Also, these kinds of complaint against the ex-staff are now prevalent as automobile companies are concerned to safeguard their proprietary information.
Overview of Tesla Inc.
Tesla Inc. (LON: 0R0X), which was known as Tesla Motors Inc. earlier, engages in the manufacturing, creating, designing and selling of electric cars. The company was founded in the year 2003, and so far, it has designed many vehicles such as Model S, Model X, Model 3 and most comfortable truck, Tesla Semi etc. The company is listed on both London Stock Exchange and at Nasdaq in the US.
Tesla with other automotive companies Initiatives amid Novel Coronavirus epidemic
In the US, Medical experts are concerned about the lack of safety products such as N95 face masks and ventilators. While the numbers of novel coronavirus patients have been increasing with a rapid pace in the United States and now it has become the new epicentre of the pandemic. There is a serious shortage of ventilators which support the infected patients in breathing. In view of this, recently, Tesla’s Chief Executive Officer, Elon Musk had announced to provide around 1,255 ventilators without any cost to support in fighting against novel coronavirus outbreak. He even stated through a tweet that anyone who requires a free ventilator, please let them know. The company had also announced to provide around 250,000 N95 masks, which were available to be given to the hospitals.
Other than Tesla, many other automotive companies such as fords, Fiat, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler have declared their support to help in the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic. General Motors with Ventec came forward to support by announcing to manufacture the ventilators via its logistics, purchasing, and production proficiency. The other automotive major, Ford will be creating medical tools in its factory via 3D printers and Fiat Chrysler has said that it would provide masks for medical employees in China and has imported for the US Health workers as well.
0R0X – Share Price Performance
At around 08:49 AM GMT, on 15th April 2020, Tesla Inc.’s stock was trading on the London Stock Exchange at USD 751.64 per share. The stock price of the company increased by USD 28.89 or 4.00 per cent, as compared to prior day closing price, which has been reported to be at USD 722.75 per share.
The stock’s one-year highest price was recorded on 19th February 2020 at a price of GBX 944.27 per share while its one-year lowest price was reported on 03rd June 2019 at a price of GBX 177.85 per share. The outstanding shares were reported at 184.11 million, and the free float of the company was reported at 146.09 million by the time of writing.
As on 15th April 2020, the market capitalisation of 0R0X was reported at USD 130.70 billion, while its Beta stood at 0.97, which indicates that the share price movement is almost inline to the movement of the comparative benchmark index.
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