Todd Katz, the ex-oil executive who tried to use a fake Elon Musk email address to worm confidential information out of Tesla back in September, is now trying to get the case thrown out of court. This is because, apparently, the email was simply too ridiculous for anyone to take seriously.
Yesterday, Katz, who quit his position as chief financial officer for Quest Integrity Group within a week of the email lawsuit, asked a California state judge to dismiss the case because “there are no grounds to accuse him of a ‘credible impersonation’ of Musk,” reports Bloomberg. In his filing, he said:
“Nobody who received this preposterous and grammatically deficient e-mail ever believed that it really came from Elon Musk. Despite the fact that Tesla had posted significant losses for sixteen straight quarters, it has elected to spend its investors’ funds to pursue this petty, ill-conceived lawsuit.”
To jog your memory, here is the email in question. From “firstname.lastname@example.org”:
“why you so cautious w Q3/4 gm guidance on call? also what are your thoughts on disclosing M3 res#? Pros/cons from ir pov? what is your best guess as to where we actually come in on q3/4 deliverables. honest guess? no bs. thx 4 hard work prepping 4 today
Katz continues on to say that the terrible grammar and bad syntax of the email, the use of a Yahoo address (who does that still?) and the “em” signature at the end wouldn’t have fooled anyone who actually knows Musk.
But does anyone actually know Elon? How well do you really know anyone? That’s the question.