Tesla drops its lawsuit against California county over coronavirus shutdown

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX founder and chief engineer Elon Musk speaks at a post-launch news conference to discuss the  SpaceX Crew Dragon astronaut capsule in-flight abort test at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

With its factory once again running in California, Tesla dropped a lawsuit filed earlier this month against local county officials which argued it should be allowed to reopen to manufacturing.
Tesla notified the federal court in documents filed Wednesday that it was dropping the lawsuit against Alameda County “without prejudice.”
Amid the spat, Musk lambasted local leaders and accused them of going against statewide guidelines for reopening businesses shuttered amid the pandemic.
Musk has been a vocal critic of government-issued guidance during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. He’s called stay-at-home orders unconstitutional and fascist, and he’s risked imprisonment during the lockdown in order to reopen production.
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