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Tesla Can Move Forward With Trade-Secret Suit Against Rivian

The Rivian R1T electric pickup truck.

The Rivian R1T electric pickup truck.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Tesla Inc. can move forward with a lawsuit claiming that Rivian Automotive Inc. stole its trade secrets with the help of former employees of the electric carmaker.

In a tentative ruling Monday, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge William Monahan declined Rivian’s request to throw out a misappropriation of trade secrets claim. Monahan agreed to dismiss Rivian’s intentional interference in contract claim, saying the trade secrets part covered that.