By Gary Bai
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is assembling a “hardcore” legal team made of “streetfighters” amid a series of quarrels with some of the most powerful people in the country.
“Tesla is building a hardcore litigation department where we directly initiate & execute lawsuits,” said Musk in a May 20 tweet. “The team will report directly to me.”
Musk’s move comes at an intriguing time as the billionaire is entangled in a string of high-profile controversies, including his criticism of the Democratic Party and the Biden administration, his recent proposal to purchase Twitter, and a sexual harassment claim against the billionaire that Musk named “Elongate.”
Most notably, the billionaire picked a fight with the Clinton campaign on May 20.
“Bottom Line: A prominent lawyer working for the Clinton campaign fabricated Russia-Trump collusion using a retired MI6 spy & some actual Russians. This is not ok!” Musk said in a tweet, citing The Epoch Times’ Spygate investigation series.
In the thread, the Tesla CEO reiterated how he expects the ligation team to operate.
“We will never seek victory in a just case against us, even if we will probably win,” he wrote. “We will never surrender/settle an unjust case against us, even if we will probably lose.”
This post echoed Musk’s reaction to a lawsuit against Tesla in 2021, in which Tesla agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle claims that the company’s software update reduced the maximum battery voltage in Model S sedans.
“Tesla policy is never to give in to false claims, even if we would lose, and never to fight true claims, even if we would win,” the Tesla CEO said in 2021.
In a notice to those considering the position, however, the Tesla CEO said he is looking for people who are not just regular folks.
“Please send 3 to 5 bullet points describing evidence of exceptional ability,” the CEO said in the tweet. “Looking for hardcore streetfighters, not white-shoe lawyers like Perkins of Cooley who thrive on corruption.”
A current search on Tesla’s career website yields openings in counsel positions in regulatory, insurance, employment, real estate, trade compliance, product liability, tax, and corporate-related fields.
“There will be blood,” the Tesla CEO added to his earlier post.