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Judge knocks down Elon Musk’s bid to end SEC consent decree


Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc attends the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai (China) August 29, 2019.

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Federal Judge has dismissed TeslaAfter being charged with securities fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors sought to end a settlement agreement he had with them. Musk also moved to terminate a settlement agreement he had with the Securities and Exchange Commission after he was charged by them in 2018 for securities fraud.

The 2018 financial regulators were charged Tesla and Musk with making “false and misleading” statements to investors when the CEO announced on Twitter that he was thinking of taking the automaker private at $420 a share, and had “funding secured.”

Tesla stock prices jumped more than 6% by August 7, 2018. Tesla trading was stopped after Musk tweeted that day. The shares in Tesla, the maker of electric vehicles, were volatile for several weeks.

In settlement, Musk and Tesla each had to agree to pay $20 million in fines. Musk was also required to step down as Tesla chairman after 3 years. He agreed not to deny or claim innocence to the SEC complaint.

Tesla and Musk also agreed that the tweets of Musk’s CEO would be reviewed by a securities attorney before being posted if it contained any material business information which could have an impact on Tesla’s share prices.

Freedom of speech

Musk continued using Twitter without shame, however.

He will be able to take the example of November 6th 2021. tweeted a pollTo his millions of social media followers, he wrote: “Much has been made lately about unrealized gains being an instrument of tax avoidance. So I propose to sell 10% of my Tesla stock. This is what you think. Addition: “I’ll abide by this poll regardless of how it ends.”

The SEC then subpoenaed Elon Musk, his associates and other individuals. brother, Kimbal Musk,Who is a member of Tesla’s board, trying to establish if the CEO was in compliance with settlement agreements and whether both were adhering to other securities regulations.

Musk complained earlier in the year to Alex Spiro through his lawyer that the SEC tried to “muzzle & harass” him by issuing subpoenas. trying to “chill”Twitter usage oversight is a way to protect his First Amendment rights.

SpaceX’s chief, Tesla, sought to cancel the agreement called “Twittersitter”, which is also a shorthand for consent decree. He asked the court to revoke parts of the subpoena.


Justice Lewis J. Liman was the judge who ruled in this matter. He denied Musk’s requests in a strongly worded opinion. The order came out on Wednesday, April 27.

Musk’s First Amendment claims were rejected by Musk. Musk wrote that even Musk acknowledged that his rights to free speech do not permit him speech that might ‘be considered fraudulent or other violation of securities laws. Therefore, the consent decree doesn’t impose any obligations that would be deemed ‘impermissible by federal law.

Musk was not subject to any burdensome subpoenas. The SEC had every right to obtain information from Musk.

CNBC confirms that the judge admitted that he held Tesla stock in 2020. However, CNBC has confirmed that he was not holding Tesla shares in April.

CNBC was told Wednesday by Musk’s attorney Spiro:

“Nothing is going to change the truth that Elon Musk wanted Tesla privatized and could have done so — what’s left half a decade later is litigation remnants which will make this truth even clearer.”