Tom Moloughney's take on the EA network and its effect on Tesla, via IEVS:
https://insideevs.com/news/349187/video ... advantage/
Is Tesla Losing Its Supercharger Advantage?
https://www.autoblog.com/2019/05/11/elo ... n-lawsuit/
Elon Musk's 'pedo guy' tweet is headed to trial
Judge refuses to dismiss, sets court date in cave diver's defamation lawsuit
A federal judge on Friday said Elon Musk must face a defamation lawsuit by a British diver who said he was falsely branded a pedophile and child rapist by the chief executive of electric car company Tesla Inc.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles said a reasonable jury could conclude that Musk's comments were more than merely opinions, and scheduled a trial for Oct. 22.
The judge had on April 26 denied Musk's bid to dismiss the lawsuit brought by diver Vernon Unsworth, without explaining his reasoning.
Musk's lawyers did not immediately respond on Friday to requests for comment. . . .
In seeking a dismissal, Musk's lawyers said such comments were "imaginative" or "over-the-top" insults that constituted protected opinion under the U.S. First Amendment.
But the judge said Musk was not communicating in "heated and volatile" settings that might explain any excesses.
"Considering the totality of the circumstances — including the general context of defendant's statements, the specific context of the statements, and the statements' susceptibility of being proved true or false — a reasonable factfinder could easily conclude that defendant's statements, as pleaded in the complaint, implied assertions of objective fact," Wilson wrote. . . .
The significance of the ruling is clear: publication of accusations on Twitter does not provide a safe harbor for defamatory statements that are false and convey that they are factual," Unsworth's lawyer L. Lin Wood said in an email.
Unsworth is seeking at least $75,000 in compensatory damages plus punitive damages in his September 2018 lawsuit. . . .
Sigh. Although this is personal rather corporate, it's just another stupid and unnecessary distraction stemming from Elon's meltdown last year. Elon should have long since settled this out of court, with a public apology plus payment.