Elon Musk asked to relocate a shareholder lawsuit trial from San Francisco to another location, claiming that news about him would affect the juror’s decisions.
Musk’s lawyers argue in a late Friday filing that they aim for the trial to be held in Texas, western district. This district includes Austin, the state capital, where Musk relocated Tesla in 2021.
However, if this request is not possible, Elon’s lawyers request it to be postponed until the negative publicity surrounding the billionaire’s acquisition of Twitter has subsided.
According to Elon’s attorney, Alex Spiro, the circulating issues about Twitter have made his client the villain, which may affect the juror’s decision-making abilities.
In response to this request, Atty. Porrit assured that the current district handling the case is well-suited to perform the duties needed.
Musk’s attorneys also note that since purchasing Twitter in late October, he has laid off approximately 1,000 residents of the San Francisco area.
It goes on to say that the jury may be biased because of the number of people affected by the layoff.
According to the filing, Musk has been chastised for the job cuts by San Francisco’s mayor and other local officials.