This past April, the troubles between Henrik Fisker (of Fisker Automotive) and Tesla Motors resulted in a lawsuit. Tesla filed the suit against Fisker Automotive accusing Fisker of stealing insider information (he did some work on the design of the Tesla Whitestar/Model S sedan) for his own company. In May, Fisker asked that the suit be sent to arbitration and that happened in June. The arbitration court has now decided the case in Fisker's favor.
In a legal suit in the U.S., arbitration is a way to step outside the confines of the court and have the two parties settle their differences by a binding agreement. It is a common step in commercial disputes and is what Fisker Automotive asked a California court for on Tuesday, according to Autoweek. Fisker is dealing with a lawsuit from Tesla Motors over the design of the WhiteStar. According to court papers looked at by Autoweek, there is a hearing scheduled for June 11.