Elon Musk seeks to block Twitter request for expedited trial

Elon Musk is opposed to Twitter’s request for a speedy trial over its plan to terminate his $44 billion deal for the social media company.

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In Friday’s filing, Musk’s lawyers said Twitter’s “unjustified request” to speed up the merger case for trial within two months should be dismissed.

Filed in Delaware Chancery Court.

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Twitter sued Musk on Tuesday for breaching a deal to buy the company, and asked a Delaware court to order the merger to be completed at the agreed-upon price of $54.20 per share.

The billionaire said he believes at least 20% of Twitter users may be spam or fake accounts (Getty Images | iStock)

The company requested that the trial begin in September because the merger agreement with Musk expires on October 25.

“Twitter’s sudden request for a turnaround speed after two months of slowdowns and blackouts is its latest tactic to hide the truth about spam accounts long enough to shut down the defendants,” Musk said.

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On July 8, Musk’s lawyers said he would abandon the deal, claiming that Twitter was “violating multiple provisions” of the agreement and “appears to have made false and misleading allegations” when it accepted. Mask takeover offer On April 25th.

The notice came as Musk and his legal team were contesting Twitter’s internal estimates that spam and fake accounts make up less than 5% of its users.

Musk’s lawyers say the controversy is fundamental to Twitter’s value and very real, requires a lot of experts and will take a long time to unravel.


They are asking for a trial date on or after February 13 next year.

Elon Musk's Twitter account is displayed on the iPhone screen in front of the homepage of the Twitter website

Elon Musk’s Twitter account is displayed on the iPhone screen in front of the home page of the Twitter website. (Chesnot / Getty Images / Getty Images)

However, if the trial is pushed this far, there are fears that the deal could collapse as the debt financing package that banks committed to the acquisition expires in April 2023.

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Twitter declined to comment on Musk’s latest move.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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