Tesla threatened to fire law firm in bid to block Musk pay critic – court document | Reuters

A Delaware law professor accused Tesla on Monday of threatening to fire one of its longtime law firms if he proceeded with plans to file a friend-of-the-court brief criticizing the company’s bid to restore CEO Elon Musk’s $56 billion pay package.

Retired professor Charles Elson of the University of Delaware alleged in a legal filing that Holland & Knight, for which Elson has worked for nearly three decades as a consultant, told him that Tesla said it would end its relationship with the law firm unless Elson abandoned plans to submit his brief.

Tesla’s tactic was “extraordinary and appalling,” Elson said in the filing, which seeks permission from the court to submit the brief.

After he learned of the electric carmaker’s alleged threat to Holland & Knight, Elson said in the filing, he resigned from his consulting arrangement “to protect that firm from retaliation while upholding the important principle of academic freedom.”

Source: Tesla threatened to fire law firm in bid to block Musk pay critic – court document | Reuters