Elon Musk to face trial over pedo claim against rescue diver

first_img Tags Tech Industry Roadshow 4 Comments Elon Musk is headed to court. Joshua Lott / Getty Images Elon Musk is headed to court in October over comments he made about a British diver who helped rescue a boys soccer team trapped in a Thai cave.In July, the Tesla CEO called Vernon Unsworth, who assisted in the rescue, a “pedo guy” on Twitter after the diver criticized Musk’s proposed submarine rescue plan. Unsworth sued Musk in September for defamation.In a court order filed Friday, US District Judge Stephen Wilson denied Musk’s attempt to dismiss the defamation case and set a trail date for Oct. 22. The Verge earlier reported on the court order.”The significance of the ruling is clear: publication of accusations on Twitter does not provide a safe harbor for defamatory statements that are false and convey that they are factual,” said L. Lin Wood, Unsworth’s attorney, in an emailed statement Friday.Musk’s lawyers had argued that statements made on “unmoderated internet forums” like Twitter are considered opinion because “internet speech is unique,” according to the court order. Wilson rejected those arguments. The judge pointed to an email Musk sent to BuzzFeed, in which he told a reporter to “stop defending child rapists” and made an unsubstantiated claim that Unsworth moved to Thailand to marry a 12-year-old child bride, according to the court order.”There is nothing about the context in which [Musk ]made the statements…that would create doubt as to whether [Musk’s] statements implied assertions of objective fact,” Wilson wrote. The judge also pointed to the fact that Musk followed up with his initial tweet about Unsworth by adding “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true,” indicating he believed the veracity of his statement.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.You can read the court document below: Share your voice Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

Global sales of Tata Motors vehicles cross 1 lakh units in September

first_imgIndian auto giant Tata Motors sold over one lakh vehicles in September globally, up five percent over the sales in September last year. Cumulative sales for the financial year were 537,187, up 12 percent over the previous fiscal.Last month, the Mumbai-based company sold 102,289 in wholesales, including the sales of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. Shares of Tata Motors closed at Rs 562.10 on Monday on the Bombay Stock Exchange, down 0.64 percent from their previous close. “Global wholesales of all passenger vehicles in September 2016 were at 67,895 nos., higher by 7 percent, compared to September 2015. Cumulative passenger vehicle wholesales for the fiscal were 348,429 vehicles, higher by 6 percent, over FY15-16,” the company said in a statement. Global wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover were 52,914 vehicles. Jaguar’s sales for the month were 16,211 vehicles and cumulative wholesales were 78,190 vehicles. Cumulative wholesales for Jaguar Land Rover for the fiscal were 273,561 vehicles.Domestic car sales during September were robust for most of the automobile companies, barring Honda Cars India, which continues to skip the growth wave.In other news, in a bid to offset rising input costs, Tata Motors is planning to hike prices of its passenger vehicles during the upcoming festive season.”Input costs have increased and some of the industry players have already undertaken price hikes. Moreover, we have also not corrected our prices for a long time. We will hike prices of our vehicles. Currently, we are working out the details,” Mayank Pareek, president (Passenger Vehicles Business Unit) at Tata Motors said.last_img read more