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Tesla and embattled CEO Elon Musk back court approval of SEC settlement

Tesla, Musk and the SEC have asked the US District Court for the Southern District of New York to accept the terms of their settlement agreement in a letter
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Their comments came after a US District court judge asked Musk, Tesla and the SEC to explain why the settlement deal is 'fair and reasonable'

Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) and its CEO Elon Musk are voicing their support for the $40 million settlement agreement reached this month with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the view that it serves investors’ interests, per a Reuters report.

“We therefore respectfully submit that the court should accept and enter the proposed consent judgements,” Tesla, Musk and the SEC wrote in a letter filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The letter was part of a joint filing that came late on Wednesday and was first reported by Reuters.

The filing came after a US District Court judge last week ordered Musk as well as Tesla and the SEC to explain why the settlement deal they forged was “fair and reasonable”.

READ: Musk denies report James Murdoch in frame to become Tesla chair

As part of the deal struck with US regulators, Musk will pay a $20 million fine and stand aside as the chairman of Tesla for three years, but he will remain at the helm of the electric car maker as its CEO. Tesla has also agreed to pay a $20 million fine to settle the fraud lawsuit filed by the SEC.

In the wake of the legal action, Musk took to Twitter to mock the Securities and Exchange Commission, calling it the Shortseller Enrichment Commission.

At the center of the controversy which prompted the lawsuit was a tweet Musk sent in early August in which he said he was considering taking Tesla private and that funding had been secured.

Musk eventually pulled the plug on the plan, but was sued by the SEC for misleading investors about having the funding to take Tesla private.

Tesla shares slipped 2.5% to $250.51 in Thursday’s pre-market session.

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