Vehicles pass the Tesla Inc. assembly plant in Fremont, California, U.S., on Monday, May 11, 2020.
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Tesla is suing a former employee and software engineer named Alex Khatilov, alleging trade secret theft and breach of contract.
In the complaint, the company accuses Khatilov of grabbing code and files from WARP Drive, a back-end software system that Tesla developed to automate a range of business processes involved in manufacturing and selling its cars. They also accuse him of deleting possible evidence when security teams confronted him.
Khatilov was hired to help Tesla’s Quality Assurance team create software that could automate tasks or business…