Elon Musk’s Lawyers Say ‘Warp Speed’ Twitter Trial Should Begin in 2023
After Twitter filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk to force its $44 billion acquisition to close, the Tesla CEO’s lawyers have responded, according to filings on Friday.
According to Bloomberg, Musk’s legal team says Twitter officials are pushing for an unfair four-day “warp speed” trial for September. Musk’s team wants a trial to take place on February 13, 2023 at the earliest.
Musk’s team says Twitter is pushing for “an extremely rapid schedule for a case of this enormous magnitude.” Instead, Musk’s team needs a “forensic review and analysis of large swaths of data,” that Twitter has yet to provide on spam and bot accounts.
A hearing will take place on July 19 in Delaware, to see if Twitter can fast-track the court case. Delaware Chancery Court is known for being fast and expeditious when it comes to cases before a judge.
Musk terminated the Twitter deal on July 8, claiming Twitter had violated the terms by misrepresenting spam and bot numbers.
“Twitter’s sudden request for warp speed after two months of foot-dragging and obfuscation is its latest tactic to shroud the truth about spam accounts long enough to railroad defendants into closing,” said Musk’s lawyers in the 14-page filing.
“The core dispute over false and spam accounts is fundamental to Twitter’s value,” it reads. “It is also extremely fact and expert intensive, requiring substantial time” to examine pretrial information.
“With the sense of humor of a bot, Twitter claims Musk is damaging the company with tweets like a Chuck Norris theme and a poop emoji,” says the Musk filing. “Twitter ignores that Musk is its second largest shareholder with a far greater economic stake than the entire Twitter board.”
In response to Twitter providing firehose data for analysis, Musk said it was just “a bespoke partial data set structured to make the necessary machine analysis impossible.”
Musk also said Twitter broke the deal’s provisions as it fired some executives and also halted hiring, moves that break the ‘ordinary course’ of the agreement.