Oregon Lottery to launch sports betting app Scoreboard with an expected $300 million in wagers

ScoreboardOn Wednesday, Oregon Lottery officials are expected to finally launch Scoreboard, the mobile sports betting app that will allow in-state users to wager on professional sports. Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack met with the app’s project team Monday, where he gave final approval for the launch. Oregon will be the eighth state to add a live sports betting app, and one of 12 states offering legal mobile sports betting via an app. While there’s no minimum, the lottery app won’t hold more


ScoreboardOn Wednesday, Oregon Lottery officials are expected to finally launch Scoreboard, the mobile sports betting app that will allow in-state users to wager on professional sports. Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack met with the app’s project team Monday, where he gave final approval for the launch. Oregon will be the eighth state to add a live sports betting app, and one of 12 states offering legal mobile sports betting via an app. While there’s no minimum, the lottery app won’t hold more
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Oregon Lottery to launch sports betting app Scoreboard with an expected $300 million in wagers

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Matt Shelby’s memory was vivid, as if he were in college at the University of Oregon last week, sitting in his dorm room contemplating the weekend ahead. “Figuring out what my picks were for the weekend and trying not to spend all my beer money,” the Oregon Lottery spokesman said recalling the last time the state had a sports betting service. Back then, Sports Action was the way to wager bets in Oregon. Players used the paper-based parlay game that was limited to NFL games until 2007, when the service was terminated thanks House Bill 3466, which eliminated sports betting in Oregon. That is until now.

Scoreboard

On Wednesday, Oregon Lottery officials are expected to finally launch Scoreboard, the mobile sports betting app that will allow in-state users to wager on professional sports. “We’re talking about a true mobile-based sportsbook that gives players the opportunity to wager on a variety of pro sports,” Shelby said. After numerous delays, officials went through the final test over the weekend. They gave six players — two on each platform, iOS, Android and desktop — $100 each to test the service by placing bets on games in real time, even allowing them to to keep their winnings. The final run-through was to ensure users won’t have any trouble depositing, betting or withdrawing money. Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack met with the app’s project team Monday, where he gave final approval for the launch. “We’re not anticipating any surprises,” Shelby said.

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Scoreboard was expected to launch by the start of the NFL season but was delayed to give the state more time to iron out last-minute kinks. Oregon will be the eighth state to add a live sports betting app, and one of 12 states offering legal mobile sports betting via an app. The lottery partnered with SBTech, a privately run company that specializes in sports betting services. The company also runs the Church Hill Downs sports betting service, which has a partnership with Golden Nugget Casino in New Jersey. Shelby said the decision to select SBTech to create the Scoreboard app came down to the company’s experience with sports betting. Lottery officials were also impressed with the firm’s ability to enhance the “player experience.” “A number of competitors we looked at were large lottery companies that also did sports betting. So, it was a component of their portfolio. With SBTech, this was their bread and butter and really what they do,” Shelby said.

Real-time betting

Scoreboard will also offer in-game betting to allow players to take advantage of real-time game situations, including from the state’s NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers. The Oregon Lottery already has a sponsorship agreement with the Blazers, and both sides expressed excitement about the possibilities of enhancing the relationship via the app. Blazers CEO Chris McGowan said the app has the potential to “broaden the Trail Blazers fan base among Oregonians.” “The addition of sports betting is exciting, and we look forward to exploring potential opportunities to expand our partnership,” he said via email on Sunday.

FDIC insured accounts

To place a bet, players must establish a funding account. While there’s no minimum, the lottery app won’t hold more than $250,000 per account, which will be insured by the FDIC. The maximum bet the lottery will accept will vary. Still, Shelby does not anticipate the lottery taking too many high wagers that exceed the max of a funding account. “We’re not obligated to take all wagers,” he said. “So, if someone came in, theoretically, and had $250,000 in their account and tried to put that down on a single game, it would be met with heavy scrutiny. And frankly, I’d be surprised if we took it.” Not every bet will be reviewed, but SBTech has the authority to review individual bets and flag anything to lottery officials that looks fishy for additional screening.

Geofenced

The app will also be geofenced to honor and protect its relationship with the state’s tribal casinos. Geofencing uses global positioning to determine a user’s location, keeping players on tribal lands from placing wagers through the app. Players on the property owned by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians can still bet on a game in person at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort, which began taking sports bets in August. “We’re staying in our lane and letting the tribes do what they want,” Shelby said. After exploring projections for the app, lottery officials are anticipating users to wage roughly $300 million in the first year, of which the state is projecting gross revenues of $5 million. The Oregon Lottery could be generating $30 million or more in annual revenue by the third year as the costs of running the app fall, Shelby said.

‘Real dollars’

“Not huge money, but real dollars,” he said. Officials aren’t charging consumer fees in hopes of attracting more business. Players can make bets, deposit and withdrawal money hassle-free. “With our app, you get paid in real dollars back to your account that you can immediately withdraw as opposed to hanging around, waiting for your bitcoin to come in from your offshore book,” Shelby said. “In Oregon, the regulatory structure is such that we will be the only legal mobile book available to players in the state.” According to the American Gaming Association, more than $150 billion is wagered illegally on sports betting in the United States every year via “online, offshore, corner bookies, whatever people’s appetite was,” said Casey Clark, AGA’s senior vice president of strategic communications.

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Iranian officials say two rockets struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia

Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. There was no word from Saudi Arabia on the reported attack and Saudi officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Iranian state television said the explosion damaged two storerooms aboard the unnamed oil tanker and caused an oil leak into the Red Sea n


Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. There was no word from Saudi Arabia on the reported attack and Saudi officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Iranian state television said the explosion damaged two storerooms aboard the unnamed oil tanker and caused an oil leak into the Red Sea n
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Iranian officials say two rockets struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia

Two missiles struck an Iranian tanker traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia on Friday, Iranian officials said, the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S.

There was no word from Saudi Arabia on the reported attack and Saudi officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Oil prices spiked by 2% on the news.

Iranian state television said the explosion damaged two storerooms aboard the unnamed oil tanker and caused an oil leak into the Red Sea near the Saudi port city of Jiddah.

The state-run IRNA news agency, quoting Iran’s National Iranian Tanker Co., identified the stricken vessel as the Sabity. That vessel last turned on its tracking devices in August near the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, according to data from MarineTraffic.com. Iranian tankers routinely turn off their trackers as U.S. sanctions target the sale of Iran’s crude oil.

“The oil tanker named SABITY belonging to the company sustained damages to the body when it was hit by missiles 60 miles (96 kilometers) from the Saudi port city of Jiddah,” IRNA said.

The agency did not say whom Iranian officials suspect of launching the missiles.

Lt. Pete Pagano, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet overseeing the Mideast, said authorities there were “aware of reports of this incident,” but declined to comment further.

Benchmark Brent crude oil rose over 2% in trading Friday to reach some $60.40 a barrel.

The reported attack comes after the U.S. has alleged that in past months Iran attacked oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, something denied by Tehran.

Friday’s incident could push tensions between Iran and the U.S. even higher, more than a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the nuclear deal and imposed sanctions now crushing Iran’s economy.

The mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, Iran shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone and other incidents across the wider Middle East followed Trump’s decision.

The latest assault saw Saudi Arabia’s vital oil industry come under a drone-and-cruise-missile attack, halving the kingdom’s output. The U.S. has blamed Iran for the attack, something denied by Tehran. Yemen’s Houthi rebels, whom the kingdom is fighting in a yearslong war, claimed that assault, though analysts say the missiles used in the attack wouldn’t have the range to reach the sites from Yemen.


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CDC says almost all vaping illness patients end up hospitalized

Almost all patients with a mysterious vaping-related lung disease have been hospitalized with about half ending up in the intensive care unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday. At least 26 people have died from the disease that first came to light in July and nearly 1,300 people have fallen ill so far, the CDC said, adding that the spread of the illness shows no signs of abating. U.S. health officials are tentatively calling it EVALI, short for e-cigarette, or vap


Almost all patients with a mysterious vaping-related lung disease have been hospitalized with about half ending up in the intensive care unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday. At least 26 people have died from the disease that first came to light in July and nearly 1,300 people have fallen ill so far, the CDC said, adding that the spread of the illness shows no signs of abating. U.S. health officials are tentatively calling it EVALI, short for e-cigarette, or vap
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CDC says almost all vaping illness patients end up hospitalized

Almost all patients with a mysterious vaping-related lung disease have been hospitalized with about half ending up in the intensive care unit, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said Friday.

At least 26 people have died from the disease that first came to light in July and nearly 1,300 people have fallen ill so far, the CDC said, adding that the spread of the illness shows no signs of abating. U.S. health officials are tentatively calling it EVALI, short for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury.


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More than two dozen now dead from vaping lung illness as outbreak spreads, CDC says

A deadly lung illness linked to vaping has taken the lives of more than two dozen people across 21 states as U.S. health officials struggle to identify a precise cause of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Health officials still don’t know what is making people sick. The illness impacts mostly men, and 80% of patients are under the age of 35, the CDC said. However, public health officials say the long-term health risks are unknown. The CDC is recommending


A deadly lung illness linked to vaping has taken the lives of more than two dozen people across 21 states as U.S. health officials struggle to identify a precise cause of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Health officials still don’t know what is making people sick. The illness impacts mostly men, and 80% of patients are under the age of 35, the CDC said. However, public health officials say the long-term health risks are unknown. The CDC is recommending
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More than two dozen now dead from vaping lung illness as outbreak spreads, CDC says

A deadly lung illness linked to vaping has taken the lives of more than two dozen people across 21 states as U.S. health officials struggle to identify a precise cause of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The number of fatalities jumped from 18 last week to 26 with 219 new cases diagnosed over the last week, the CDC said, using data complied through Tuesday. The agency said the total number of probable cases is now 1,299. Patients have been found in 49 states, up from 48 last week, as well as Washington, D.C. and the Virgin Islands, according to the CDC.

Health officials still don’t know what is making people sick. Of the cases where doctors know what patients were using, roughly 76% of them said they vaped THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, while 13% said they exclusively used nicotine, according to the CDC.

The illness impacts mostly men, and 80% of patients are under the age of 35, the CDC said. The median age of patients who have died is 49, ranging from 17 to 75 years old.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, last week called the illnesses a “very concerning outbreak” with no signs of abating.

“We haven’t seen a measurable drop in the occurrences of new cases,” she said at the time. “The data that we’ve seen doesn’t suggest it has peaked, it doesn’t suggest this is declining.”

The CDC has dispatched more than 100 physicians and investigators since the lung disease started to emerge as a public health threat in July. Doctors initially said the illness resembled a rare form of pneumonia, caused by oil in the lungs, but new research casts doubt on that theory.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic published a study Oct. 2 that said a mix of “toxic chemical fumes,” not oils, may be what’s making patients sick. They examined lung biopsies from 17 patients suspected of having the mysterious illness.

E-cigarettes are generally thought to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes. However, public health officials say the long-term health risks are unknown.

The CDC is recommending that consumers stop vaping, particularly THC and especially anything bought off the street.

Watch: Upcoming FDA policy update could remove Juul products, says expert


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Elon Musk pressured Thai officials to say nice things about him… According to new court filings, Musk was focused on what Thai officials were saying about him while they were trying to rescue a trapped soccer team and its coach. Technologyread more


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Elon Musk pressured Thai officials to say nice things about him…

According to new court filings, Musk was focused on what Thai officials were saying about him while they were trying to rescue a trapped soccer team and its coach.

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China ready to discuss a partial trade deal and will increase US agricultural purchases, reports say

U.S. stock futures pushed higher Wednesday morning after a report suggested that Beijing is willing to discuss a partial trade deal with Washington. Bloomberg reported, citing an official with direct knowledge of the negotiations, that China is willing to talk about a possible agreement as long as no more tariffs are imposed by the President Donald Trump administration — including planned levies due this month and in December. The report added that Beijing would offer non-core concessions like p


U.S. stock futures pushed higher Wednesday morning after a report suggested that Beijing is willing to discuss a partial trade deal with Washington. Bloomberg reported, citing an official with direct knowledge of the negotiations, that China is willing to talk about a possible agreement as long as no more tariffs are imposed by the President Donald Trump administration — including planned levies due this month and in December. The report added that Beijing would offer non-core concessions like p
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China ready to discuss a partial trade deal and will increase US agricultural purchases, reports say

Trade talks in Washington involving Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (from right), U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow and other Trump administration officials sit down with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He (from left), Central Bank Governor Yi Gang (2nd left) and other Chinese vice ministers and senior officials on Jan. 30, 2019.

U.S. stock futures pushed higher Wednesday morning after a report suggested that Beijing is willing to discuss a partial trade deal with Washington.

Bloomberg reported, citing an official with direct knowledge of the negotiations, that China is willing to talk about a possible agreement as long as no more tariffs are imposed by the President Donald Trump administration — including planned levies due this month and in December.

The report added that Beijing would offer non-core concessions like purchases of agricultural products in return, but not budge on major sticking points between the two nations.

The unnamed official said negotiators were not optimistic about securing a broad agreement that would fully end the trade conflict between the world’s two largest economies. Both sides are set for high-level trade negotiations in Washington on Thursday.


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Three before you leave — What to watch for in the market Thursday including trade talks, inflation

The make-or-break U.S.-China trade talks are set to resume on Thursday. Reports said China is open to a small deal as long as President Donald Trump doesn’t impose more tariffs. In the meantime, officials in China are offering to increase annual purchases of U.S. agricultural products. Many expect to see a slimmed down trade deal before year end with issues like intellectual property theft and technology transfers left unresolved. The U.S. blacklisted 28 Chinese entities over alleged human right


The make-or-break U.S.-China trade talks are set to resume on Thursday. Reports said China is open to a small deal as long as President Donald Trump doesn’t impose more tariffs. In the meantime, officials in China are offering to increase annual purchases of U.S. agricultural products. Many expect to see a slimmed down trade deal before year end with issues like intellectual property theft and technology transfers left unresolved. The U.S. blacklisted 28 Chinese entities over alleged human right
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Three before you leave — What to watch for in the market Thursday including trade talks, inflation

Here are the most important things to know about Thursday before you hit the door.

The make-or-break U.S.-China trade talks are set to resume on Thursday. Somewhat positive headlines on Wednesday sparked a rally in stocks, but nerves are still running high as the two sides could put more pressure on the markets and an already fragile economy.

Reports said China is open to a small deal as long as President Donald Trump doesn’t impose more tariffs. In the meantime, officials in China are offering to increase annual purchases of U.S. agricultural products.

Nonetheless, expectations are low on Wall Street with many predicting a tariff postponement to be the best outcome. Strategist said an increasing lack of trust is making it more difficult to reach any agreement. Many expect to see a slimmed down trade deal before year end with issues like intellectual property theft and technology transfers left unresolved.

Earlier this week, tensions between the two economic superpowers reached a fever pitch. The U.S. blacklisted 28 Chinese entities over alleged human rights violations against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, while putting visa restrictions on Chinese officials involved. China responded “stay tuned” for retaliation against the blacklist.


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Trump rips NBA players, officials for ‘pandering to China,’ but says league has to work out dispute on its own

President Donald Trump criticized the NBA for what he called “pandering” to China on Wednesday even as he declined to take a stance on the sports league’s dispute with Beijing. The NBA’s — they know what they’re doing,” Trump told reporters in his first public comments about the issue when asked about it by CNBC. A spokesman for the NBA did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the president’s remarks. Trump specifically accused Kerr and Popovich of hypocrisy in their reaction


President Donald Trump criticized the NBA for what he called “pandering” to China on Wednesday even as he declined to take a stance on the sports league’s dispute with Beijing. The NBA’s — they know what they’re doing,” Trump told reporters in his first public comments about the issue when asked about it by CNBC. A spokesman for the NBA did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the president’s remarks. Trump specifically accused Kerr and Popovich of hypocrisy in their reaction
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Trump rips NBA players, officials for 'pandering to China,' but says league has to work out dispute on its own

President Donald Trump criticized the NBA for what he called “pandering” to China on Wednesday even as he declined to take a stance on the sports league’s dispute with Beijing.

“They have to work out their own situation. The NBA’s — they know what they’re doing,” Trump told reporters in his first public comments about the issue when asked about it by CNBC. “I watched the way that [Golden State Warriors coach Steve] Kerr and [San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg] Popovich and some of the others were pandering to China, and yet to our own country, it’s like they don’t respect it.”

The NBA has tried to contain the economic damage in its massive China market this week after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. As organizations and businesses in China cut off their relationships with the NBA, critics on Capitol Hill and elsewhere have said the league put cash over human rights by not initially defending Morey’s comments strongly enough.

A spokesman for the NBA did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the president’s remarks. CNBC could not immediately reach the Warriors and Spurs for comment.

Trump specifically accused Kerr and Popovich of hypocrisy in their reactions to the dispute with China because they have often criticized the president’s domestic policies. He claimed Kerr “was like a scared little boy” when he responded to a question about China on Monday.


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Acting FDA chief inspects two international mail facilities for illicit vaping and opioid products

The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration inspected two international mail centers this week to examine U.S. efforts to seize foreign shipments of illicit vaping products, fentanyl and other drugs, the agency said Tuesday. “It is truly remarkable to have witnessed the stunning volume of parcels that come into a single international mail facility on any given day,” Sharpless said in a statement Tuesday. “Many of these parcels lack any package labeling, contain products labeled as dietar


The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration inspected two international mail centers this week to examine U.S. efforts to seize foreign shipments of illicit vaping products, fentanyl and other drugs, the agency said Tuesday. “It is truly remarkable to have witnessed the stunning volume of parcels that come into a single international mail facility on any given day,” Sharpless said in a statement Tuesday. “Many of these parcels lack any package labeling, contain products labeled as dietar
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Acting FDA chief inspects two international mail facilities for illicit vaping and opioid products

A collection of popular vaping products include Suorin, Juul and Blu are displayed for Cheryl Phillips’ presentation at St. Joseph Mercy Canton Health Center in Canton on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a series of policies to attack what it calls “the epidemic use of electronic cigarettes and nicotine addiction among kids.”

The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration inspected two international mail centers this week to examine U.S. efforts to seize foreign shipments of illicit vaping products, fentanyl and other drugs, the agency said Tuesday.

FDA chief Ned Sharpless dropped by facilities at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Jamaica, New York, and Secaucus, New Jersey, on Monday as federal authorities work to crack down on the large flow of illegal drugs and other substances that are smuggled into the U.S. each year.

It also comes as federal authorities combat two public health crises: one from vaping and the other due to opioids.

“It is truly remarkable to have witnessed the stunning volume of parcels that come into a single international mail facility on any given day,” Sharpless said in a statement Tuesday. “Many of these parcels lack any package labeling, contain products labeled as dietary supplements with hidden drug ingredients, or contain drug products or medical devices that are unapproved or counterfeit.”

He added: “I commend the hard-working men and women who play a pivotal role working around the country in support of our essential mission to protect the health of the American people.”

Regulatory officials say international mail facilities are prime targets for drug traffickers because parcel and vehicle inspections at the centers are limited due to staffing shortages.

U.S. officials claim China is the main source of illicit fentanyl that is trafficked into the U.S. Stopping shipment of the drug from China to the U.S. has been a focal point of conversation for President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping as the two world leaders attempt to hash out a trade deal.

Sharpless also said FDA authorities are working with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to identify potentially illicit vaping products.

Public health officials are working to identify the cause of a lung illness linked to vaping that resembles a rare form of pneumonia. Doctors say hundreds of the patients sick are suspected of vaping black-market cannabis products.


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Elon Musk pressured Thai officials to say nice things about his mini-subs in the midst of a deadly rescue mission

Additionally, Musk directed his team to pressure foreign officials in Thailand to say nice things about him and his mini-sub, even as they were grappling with what would prove to be a deadly rescue mission. Wood replied, on Twitter, “Musk lawyer’s comments are simply more accusations of a dishonest Elon Musk defense & PR campaign to demean & falsely attack my client. Since the rescue, Mr. Unsworth has received a total of £2,400 for his assistance in connection with two documentaries about Thai C


Additionally, Musk directed his team to pressure foreign officials in Thailand to say nice things about him and his mini-sub, even as they were grappling with what would prove to be a deadly rescue mission. Wood replied, on Twitter, “Musk lawyer’s comments are simply more accusations of a dishonest Elon Musk defense & PR campaign to demean & falsely attack my client. Since the rescue, Mr. Unsworth has received a total of £2,400 for his assistance in connection with two documentaries about Thai C
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Elon Musk pressured Thai officials to say nice things about his mini-subs in the midst of a deadly rescue mission

Of all the controversies stirred up by Tesla CEO Elon Musk last year, none was more embarrassing than when he called expert spelunker and diver Vernon Unsworth a “pedo guy” and “child rapist,” after Unsworth criticized him for getting involved in a massive effort to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.

Musk now faces a defamation lawsuit in the U.S. from Unsworth, who, in a lengthy filing released late Monday, illustrates just how far the CEO is willing to go when he digs in on an issue, even something so far afield from his businesses, Tesla, SpaceX, the Boring Company and Neuralink.

The dispute began in July 2018, after Musk said that his team was developing a mini-submarine — a pod — that could assist in carrying the kids and their coach to safety. Unsworth said in a TV interview at the time that it wouldn’t help, which led to Musk’s multiple online rants.

What Unsworth now reveals, through deposition transcripts and emails that his lawyers obtained, is that Musk and his affiliates paid private investigators, including one who tuned out to be a convicted felon, to try and dig up dirt on the cave rescuer. Additionally, Musk directed his team to pressure foreign officials in Thailand to say nice things about him and his mini-sub, even as they were grappling with what would prove to be a deadly rescue mission.

Last month, Musk asked the court to decide that Unsworth had no viable reason for the defamation case, in part, because he claims he was using slang and didn’t really mean Unsworth was a pedophile. Unsworth’s legal team, led by L. Lin Wood, says the case should proceed because, among other reasons, Musk made several contradictory and false statements to defend himself under oath.

“Musk’s motion is based principally on the antithetical bases that, on the one hand, he was not calling Unsworth a pedophile, while on the other hand, he did not harbor serious doubts as to whether Unsworth was actually a pedophile,” Unsworth’s attorneys wrote in the filing. “Musk’s accusations are false, defamatory, and were published negligently and with actual malice. His motion for summary judgment must be denied.”

Musk’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said in a statement e-mailed by a PR firm to CNBC: “This case is nothing but a money-grab in which Unsworth has hired an agent and pursued profit, publicity and self-promotion at every turn. The truth of his motivations and actions will come out soon enough.”

Wood replied, on Twitter, “Musk lawyer’s comments are simply more accusations of a dishonest Elon Musk defense & PR campaign to demean & falsely attack my client. Since the rescue, Mr. Unsworth has received a total of £2,400 for his assistance in connection with two documentaries about Thai Cave Rescue.”

As Musk struggles to stabilize his electric vehicle maker’s precarious financial position, the lawsuit is yet another distraction for the CEO and Tesla shareholders. Tesla’s stock is down 28% this year, as the company suffers from ongoing legal and logistical challenges, and attempts to sell cars in more markets than ever before.

The Unsworth case looks particularly bad for Musk, whose image has taken a beating amid conflicts with employees, investors and regulators in the past two years. It also shows a shocking lapse in judgment.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-10-08  Authors: lora kolodny
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