Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in Dogecoin Case Seek Ouster of Musk and Tesla Counsel Following ‘Leaked’ Sanctions Letter
A new motion has been filed in a class action lawsuit alleging that Elon Musk and Tesla defrauded investors in the cryptocurrency Dogecoin out of billions of dollars. The motion, filed by Evan Spencer of Evan Spencer Law, seeks to disqualify Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Tesla in-house lawyer Allison Huebert from representing either Tesla or Musk. The motion argues that Musk and the company have conflicting interests because Musk allegedly manipulated the Dogecoin market through his Twitter account. Spencer also accuses Tesla of owning a cryptocurrency wallet that sold Dogecoin, potentially giving rise to a cause of action against Musk.
The motion also addresses a June 15 New York Post story, attaching it as an exhibit. The story describes a June 9 letter from Musk and defense counsel Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel, threatening sanctions against Spencer for filing a “demonstrably false” complaint. In response, Spencer accuses Spiro of leaking the letter to the Post, violating ethics rules and damaging Spencer’s client relationships. The motion argues that Quinn Emanuel should be sanctioned for interfering with Spencer’s clients.
The motion draws attention to the Post story and Spiro’s letter, potentially widening the audience for both. However, there are concerns that Spencer’s response may harm the case by amplifying defense claims that it lacks merit.
It remains to be seen how Quinn Emanuel, Tesla, and Musk will respond to the motion. No motion for sanctions has been filed as of the time of reporting. The case continues to attract attention and generate headlines.
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