As TikTok continues to meet prospective buyers in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order to ban the social video app after 90 days, one of the company's employees is pushing a judge to reach a preliminary conclusion about the legality of the order. On Thursday night, Patrick Ryan filed a motion for an injunction to stop the Department of Commerce from enforcing Trump's Aug. 6 order to the extent it prohibits TikTok from paying wages and salaries to its U.S. employees.
Ryan, a technical program manager in TikTok's Mountain View, Calif. office, filed his lawsuit in California federal court back on Aug. 24, the same day that TikTok itself sued the Trump Administration. Although TikTok also demands injunctive relief, the ByteDance-owned company has yet to file the paperwork that would have a judge making an early determination about the likelihood of prevailing on the legal claims and any irreparable harm. Ryan, represented by attorneys at Blackstone Law Group, has now made that next step, although it'll be up to U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria to set the exact schedule for further briefing.
The injunction motion (read here) raises issue with how Trump's order prohibits any "transaction" between those subject to U.S. jurisdiction and ByteDance. The broad and ambiguous ban could interfere with TikTok employees being paid.