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Former Tesla Engineer Accused of Theft Fights to Clear His Name Publicly

  • Company says trade-secrets theft case belongs in arbitration
  • ‘Tesla has dragged Dr. Yatskov’s name through the mud’: Lawyer
Tesla Inc. signage outside a dealership in Columbus, Ohio.

Tesla Inc. signage outside a dealership in Columbus, Ohio.

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A former Tesla Inc. engineer said it was “humiliating” to be sued in open court for allegedly stealing trade secrets, only to be steered by the company into closed-door arbitration where he can’t defend himself publicly.

But a federal judge said Thursday that’s how it has to be for Alexander Yatskov, who’s fighting allegations he stole sensitive proprietary information about Tesla’s supercomputer technology after a brief stint working for the electric automaker this year.