H. Peter Haveles, Jr., a partner in the Trial and Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton, was quoted in the February 25, 2019 Wired article, "Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble."
What does it mean if Musk is held in contempt of court? The penalty would be up to the federal judge, says Peter Haveles, a trial lawyer with the law firm Pepper Hamilton. "If the SEC prevails, there is a good likelihood that the District Court will fine Mr. Musk and that it will put him on a short leash, with a strong warning that further violations could result in Mr. Musk being banned for some period of time as an officer or director of a public company," he says.
Haveles also says that it appears the SEC has a strong case. "The SEC took the time to collect evidence from Tesla before filing its motion," he says.