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(1) Elon Musk now has a very powerful adversary: @StuartMeissner, the attorney of Martin Tripp (former Tesla employee, accusing Tesla of lying and putting dangerous batteries into cars).

Meissner is getting really serious with Musk. Who will prevail? ...

(2) There are some clues that the confrontation with this attorney is not going to end well for Musk. Of course we will only know for sure later, but this thread will present some indications. First, attorney Meissner and his firm...

cnbc.com/2018/07/11/tes…
(3) ...do have a track record. They "won a $22.5 million judgement in 2016 in a whistleblower lawsuit over financial fraud at Monsanto. Stuart Meissner, who runs the firm, is a former prosecutor who worked in the New York State Attorney General’s Office." (Source: CNBC)
(4) According to the "U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission", the Monsanto case was nothing ordinary: "The $22 million-plus award [was in 2016] the second-largest total the SEC has awarded a whistleblower." Currently, it is still the fourth-largest ever.
sec.gov/news/pressrele…
(5) And Meissner is really challenging Musk. Again and again:

"Bring it on ⁦@elonmusk⁩. Hello, what happened to your megaphone voice?"

"Would love to hear from @elonmusk"

"Time for the @SEC_Enforcement to act. Not an accident @elonmusk has been silent on the allegations."
(6) Or this tweet:

"So let's get this ball rolling so @elonmusk exactly who is this so called "friend" of Mr. Tripp's who supposedly called Tesla making threats to shoot up a factory? or was this person a figment of your imagination? ... Do Tell"
(7) And, even more interesting, attorney Meissner insists that the Tesla case is real big. When comparing it to the Monsanto investigation (which lead to the 22 mill. $ whistleblower award), he said: "I do think the allegations here are much more serious."
zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-1…
(8) But don't attorneys always talk big, no matter if the case is strong or not? Well, this is a special situation. Normally, you pay your attorney a lot of money. Then, he will be inclined to talk big, even if your position is in fact quite weak. But Tripp cannot pay Meissner.
(9) Tripp does not seem to be able to pay an expensive attorney. So Meissner probably can only get remuneration if there is an SEC award to Tripp, following an SEC enforcement action against Tesla. So Meissner obv. has taken this case only because he sees a big change of success.
(10) Meissner has a reputation to loose. Quote from his Web page: "Attorney Meissner served under two Attorney Generals in the New York State Attorney General’s Office and under Robert Morgenthau in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office."
(11) So it seems unlikely to me, that Meissner

a) would take such a high-profile case and
b) talk big about it...
...if he did not think that this case was strong.

So it is probable that Musk has the weak position here. And guess who has been quiet about this case recently?
(12) Before, Tesla was less reluctant to talk about Tripp: "A Tesla spokesperson commented: 'Yesterday afternoon, we received a phone call from a friend of Mr. Tripp telling us that Mr. Tripp would be coming to the Gigafactory to ‘shoot the place up.’ '" newsweek.com/tesla-receives…
(13) "Local police later said after several hours of investigation they found there to be no 'credible threat'. Mr Musk ... used Twitter to share his extended view. ... 'There is more' he wrote, 'but the actions of a few bad apples will not stop Tesla ..." bbc.com/news/technolog…
(14) Attorney Meissner comments: "I’ve never seen a company handle an employee who has raised issues internally in such an aggressive manner. To me, this indicates that they are trying to send a message not just to Martin Tripp, but to all employees that they should not speak up"
Sorry my error: I posted a wrong link. I accidentally added a "2" at the end. So the tweet that I meant is here:
(15) Addendum: There was an error with the link in the first tweet. I was trying to link to one of the tweets of the attorney, but accidentally added a "2" at the end. So the tweet that I meant is here:
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