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Tesla Is Said to Receive Subpoena Over Musk’s Take-Private Tweet

Aug. 15, 2018, 3:35 PM

Tesla Inc. has received a subpoena from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding Elon Musk’s effort to take the company private, indicating the regulatory scrutiny of his statements have reached a more serious stage.

The demand for information, described by a person familiar with the matter, followed Musk’s tweet last week saying he was considering taking Tesla off the market and had “funding secured” for the deal. The electric-car maker’s shares dropped 2.6 percent to $338.69, closing at the lowest since the chief executive officer set off a firestorm last week.

SEC spokeswoman Judith Burns and a Tesla spokesman ...