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Ann Santiago
April 18, 2019

The SEC states Musk violated a deal when he tweeted without a lawyer's approval.

The SEC says Musk violated a settlement with tweeting about Tesla's vehicle production in February without a lawyer's approval. Musk's lawyers say he didn't violate the settlement.

The financial markets regulator in February asked a judge to hold Elon Musk in contempt for violating a deal the regulator struck with the Tesla chief executive previous year, which requires him to get the approval of the Tesla board of directors before tweeting anything that could "be material to investors".

The judge began hearing arguments at about 2 p.m.

The federal judge Alison Nathan told Mr Musk: "Take a breath". Nathan will choose the Securities and Exchange Commission's motion to find Musk from contempt, When they don't.

If Musk plans to attend the hearing loss, it's uncertain. Last August, that conversation, delivered the stock of the company on a ride.

Musk backed off the concept of taking the business private, but regulators concluded he hadn't lined up the money to pull off the offer.

His lawyers disagreed, arguing that the tweets in question complied with the earlier SEC settlement terms.

Meanwhile, the Tesla's shares are decreasing nearly 10 percent in early trading after the company said it churned out 77,100 vehicles at the first quarter, as well behind the pace it must maintain to meet the pledge of Musk.

At Wednesday's close, Tesla shares were down 12.3percent so far this season. The portfolio manager for Tesla's largest shareholder after Musk said the CEO may better serve the company by being less outspoken.

Musk on Saturday disputed reports that Panasonic had boosted annualised battery cell production capacity at the plant to 35 gigawatt hours, saying the company's lines were only at 24 gigawatt hours and have been constraining output of Tesla's Model 3 sedan. CEO and founder Elon Musk announced that the vast majority of Tesla dealers would close, and sales would move online - but after backlash from the public as well as his staff, the decision was reversed just days after.

It is also unclear if all new Tesla vehicles are getting the new computer.

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