Going to court is never fun, but Tesla is doing precisely that with some of its former employees for leaking information.
In one of the more recent examples that happened in December 2018, the electric vehicle manufacturer was seeking a whopping $167 million in damages from its former employee Martin Tripp.
According to CNBC, Tripp made the claim, in a few press interviews that Tesla had used battery modules that were damaged in its Tesla Model 3 cars. On top of that, he also claimed the company took part in poor manufacturing techniques at its battery plant, located in Reno, Nevada. Alongside all of that, the suit against him claimed that he admitted to writing software which ended up hacking Tesla's MOS (manufacturing operating system) and also transferring several "gigabytes" to outside individuals.
Now, there are a few reasons why Tesla would take Martin to court. It's most probably for a possible breach of a contract, which can, on its own, be a fireable—and in some extreme cases, sueable—offense. On top of that, this could lead to the companies stock price falling. With that in mind, investors can then sell their shares of the overall price of the stock falls, making the company technically worth less than it was beforehand.
However, it's not always the company suing the ex-employee. Sometimes it's the opposite. This was the case with Carlos Ramirez, the former director of environmental, health, safety, and sustainability for the company. He claims that when he raised concerns over the working conditions and underreported injuries, he was fired in retaliation, according to Fortune.
All in all, both sides of the wall have been on the defense and offense but that doesn't necessarily mean either of them is bad. Tesla simply doesn't want people leaking information that could lead to it losing money, investors or ultimately, have its stock price fall. The same line can be walked for employees who leak the information, they might not want to see the company get in worse trouble if it got out after an investigation.