That didn’t take long: Tesla and Elon Musk are facing down a massive class action suit over allegedly false “self driving” claims.
Both Tesla and its controversial Chief Executive, Elon Musk, are being sued in a San Francisco federal court. The suit, announced today by shareholders, accuse the company and its CEO of, “overstating the effectiveness and safety of their electric vehicles’ Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technologies,” according to Reuters.
The suit, itself, led by TSLA shareholder Thomas Lamontagne, seeks unspecified damages on behalf of the company’s shareholders from Feb. 19, 2019 to Feb. 17, 2023. is a bit weird. Instead of simply going after public promises made by Musk that promised “Level 5” autonomy (true self driving) by the end of 2021, the suit claims that Musk’s … let’s go with, “misleading” claims about the capabilities of Tesla’s autonomous vehicles artificially pumped up stock prices, which then fell as precipitously as the public at large became more aware of the “Full Self Driving” (FSD) product through a series of viral customer videos and an ongoing NHTSA investigation.
“As a result of defendants’ wrongful acts and omissions,” reads the class’ complaint, “and the precipitous decline in the market value of the Company’s common stock, plaintiff and other class members have suffered significant losses and damages.”
The NHTSA’s investigation culminated in a recall of the software, claiming that, “[the] FSD Beta software that allows a vehicle to exceed speed limits or travel through intersections in an unlawful or unpredictable manner increases the risk of crash.”
Chief Financial Officer Zachary Kirkhorn and his predecessor Deepak Ahuja are also being named as defendants in the suit.
SOURCE | IMAGES: REUTERS.
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