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Judge rejects bid by Tesla shareholders to silence Elon Musk

CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk speaks at the Tesla Giga Texas manufacturing "Cyber Rodeo" grand opening party in Austin, Texas, on April 7, 2022. - Tesla welcomed throngs of electric car lovers to Texas on April 7 for a huge party inaugurating a "gigafactory" the size of 100 professional soccer fields. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP) (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) – A federal judge in California has rejected a request from shareholders in a lawsuit to force Elon Musk to stop talking about his 2018 tweets – messages in which he said he had the funding to make Tesla a private company.

The ruling yesterday came hours after Tesla CEO’s lawyer filed a document in the case saying that a gag order would trample on Musk’s free speech rights.

Those who represent the shareholders have argued that Musk is trying to influence potential jurors before the case goes to trial in January.

The lawsuit claims the CEO’s August 2018 tweets were written to manipulate Tesla’s stock price, costing shareholders money.

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