Musk’s lawyers dismiss motion to remove Tesla team from Dogecoin case as a waste of time.

Lawyers representing billionaire Elon Musk and Tesla have requested a United States district court judge to dismiss a motion that seeks to impose sanctions on them for alleged conflicts of interest in a $258 billion lawsuit. The lawsuit accuses Musk of participating in an illegal racketeering scheme related to the Dogecoin (DOGE) cryptocurrency.

Musk and Tesla’s legal team responded to the motion filed by Evan Spencer, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the case, on July 6.

In his motion, Spencer referred to the defendants’ lawyers as “yes men” and argued that it is a conflict of interest for them to represent both Musk and Tesla. He claimed that the lawyers’ loyalty lies solely with Musk.

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In their response, Musk and Tesla’s legal team strongly criticized Spencer’s motion, calling it “unsubstantiated” and “frivolous” multiple times in the table of contents alone.

The defendants’ representatives argue that there is no conflict of interest under New York law. They assert that legal teams are allowed to represent both the officers of a company and the company itself, except in situations where the two entities are legal adversaries. According to their filing on July 6:

“Spencer’s Motion […] is an egregious abuse of process, yet another fanciful work of fiction by Spencer in a long chain of such pleadings, a waste of this Court’s time, and an insult to undersigned counsel, well-regarded members of the Bar of this Court and recently admitted by the Court pro hac vice.”

The filing also addresses Spencer’s allegations that Tesla’s legal team leaked a letter to the New York Post that criticized Spencer’s frivolous filings. The letter accused Spencer of using frivolous motions to delay court procedures.

Spencer’s motion to have the defense team sanctioned claims that this action has tainted the jury pool.

Musk and Tesla’s lawyers deny leaking the letter and counter that Spencer introduced the letter to the jury pool by publicly docketing and presenting it through the June 25 motion.

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