Tesla’s Lawsuit Against Rivian Is Getting Serious

A judge has issued a ruling.

It all began last summer when Tesla sued rival Rivian for allegedly poaching employees and stealing trade secrets. Rivian denied any wrongdoing and immediately requested the suit’s dismissal. That request has now been denied. Bloomberg reports that Santa Clara, California Superior Court Judge William Monahan, in a tentative ruling, has declined Rivian’s request regarding misappropriation of trade secrets, but did grant the request to dismiss intentional interference in contract claim.

However, the judge refused to dismiss Tesla’s claims against seven former employees who jumped ship to Rivian. Tesla is accusing them of revealing trade secrets in direct violation of their confidentiality agreements.