Now sues california…In the latest clash over coronavirus-related restrictions, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said Saturday that the company would file a lawsuit and seek to move its headquarters out of California after local officials again prohibited the electric car company from restarting vehicle production.
Tesla on Saturday filed a lawsuit against the California county that has prohibited the electric car company from producing vehicles during the outbreak.
The company alleged in its suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, that Alameda County had violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment and sought an injunction that would allow the company to operate.
The suit followed chief executive Elon Musk threatening in a series of tweets earlier Saturday that the company would sue and move Tesla’s headquarters and future programs to Texas and Nevada. He appeared to leave open the possibility of maintaining some operations in Fremont depending “on how Tesla is treated in the future.”
Musk’s tweets got some sympathetic responses from officials. The mayor of Fremont, where Tesla has a factory, said in a statement Saturday that she is “growing concerned about the potential implications for our regional economy,” mentioning “major manufacturing activity” including Tesla’s.
And Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) urged Musk in a Saturday evening tweet to “Come to Texas!”
Elon Musk Says Tesla Suing California County, Moving Headquarters Out of State
Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020