In a stern action, Tesla has decided to sue four former employees and the self-driving startup Zoox. The company filed the lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the former employees of stealing trade secrets, according to a report by TechCrunch.
The Silicon Valley-based automaker has filed a lawsuit against Scott Turner, Sydney Cooper, Christian Dement, and Craig Emigh of stealing “proprietary information and trade secrets in an attempt to help Zoox to leapfrog years of work needed to develop and run its own warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations.”
The breach of trust was “intentional and blatant” wrote Tesla in its filing. “In the process, they misappropriated Tesla’s trade secrets, violated their agreements with Tesla, and breached their duties of loyalty, all with the knowledge and support of Zoox,” it added.
In a separate case, the company has filed a complaint against former employee Guangzhi Cao, who worked on the autopilot driver assistance feature and stole the code and shared it with job XPeng, where he took up his new job.
In its complaint, Tesla reiterated the fact that the company had spent more than 5 years and hundreds of millions of dollars on the research, which now seems to have been compromised by Cao and his action has put the whole development process in jeopardy.
The complaint further reads:
“Tesla must learn what Cao has done with Tesla’s IP, to whom he has given it, and the extent to which Tesla has been harmed. Tesla files this lawsuit to compel the return of its valuable IP and protect it from further exploitation, and for all other relief as the facts may warrant.”
This is not the first time, the automaker has filed a complaint against its former employees. In 2017, Tesla filed a lawsuit against Sterling Anderson, former director of Autopilot, and Aurora. But after much deliberation, common sense prevailed and after the two parties reached an agreement.