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Tesla hires new lawyer in compliance role amid legal battles

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  • Michael Munro will serve as affiliate basic counsel for world compliance, his LinkedIn profile said

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc has employed Michael Munro to tackle compliance issues, according to a article from Munro on his LinkedIn account Tuesday, as the electric powered-automobile maker and its CEO Elon Musk confront mounting authorized problems.

Munro will serve as associate typical counsel for world-wide compliance. Tesla did not ensure the employ nor did it quickly respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

Munro jumps to Tesla from a aspect-time placement as general counsel at logistics platform firm e2Log and a role at compliance consulting organization GCMR, which his LinkedIn profile explained he co-launched.

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Tesla and Musk, who is the world’s richest human being, are combating on a number of authorized fronts, like with the Securities and Trade Commission above a 2018 arrangement to have Musk’s Twitter posts vetted.

Tesla also faces many labor lawsuits, the latest of which alleges the firm failed to offer legally-essential progress observe to staff members in advance of a latest “mass layoff.” Musk at the Qatar Economic Discussion board on Tuesday termed the lawsuit “trivial.”

In a Twitter post final thirty day period Musk said he desired to a develop a “hardcore litigation division” at Tesla that avoided “white-shoe attorneys … who prosper on corruption.”

In accordance to Munro’s LinkedIn profile, he has largely worked in compliance-concentrated roles with companies, nevertheless he had a temporary stint at substantial regulation business Norton Rose Fulbright in 2016.

Tesla’s authorized section has cycled through top rated in-dwelling legal professionals, with 5 holding the occupation in the previous a few years. David Searle is at this time the carmaker’s performing head of authorized.

Searle did not straight away reply to a ask for for comment Tuesday on Munro’s retain the services of.

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