Judge will let Musk add whistleblower claims to case against Twitter

By | 09/09/2022

Musk tin use whistleblower claims, but judge won’t delay Twitter trial

Last month, whistleblower allegations provided Musk fresh ammunition to bolster what legal experts said was a long-shot attempt to walk abroad from the deal without paying a $1-bn termination fee

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Twitter | Elon Musk | Chatbots


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Elon Musk’south can use a whistleblower’s claims in his legal case against Twitter Inc but the billionaire cannot delay the trial over his effort to walk away from his $44 billion deal for the company, a gauge ruled Wednesday.

“I am convinced that even iv weeks’ delay would hazard further harm to Twitter,” wrote Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick of Delaware’s Court of Chancery, in affirming the trial volition start next calendar month.

Shares of Twitter rose about 4% in early Wednesday trading to $40.15.

“Nosotros are hopeful that winning the move to amend takes u.s.a. one pace closer to the truth coming out in that courtroom,” said Alex Spiro, an attorney for Musk, in a statement.

Musk’s legal team argued on Tuesday that justice demanded delaying the five-day trial so Musk could investigate claims past whistleblower Peiter Zatko, known as “Mudge,” that Twitter hid weaknesses in its security and information privacy.

Musk’south initial case against Twitter claimed the visitor misrepresented the prevalence of spam or bot accounts on the platform.

Last month, Zatko’s allegations became public and provided Musk, the world’south richest person, fresh ammunition to eternalize what legal experts said was a long-shot effort to walk away without paying a $1 billion termination fee.

“We look forward to presenting our case in court offset on Oct. 17th and intend to close the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk,” said a statement from Twitter spokesman.

In July, Twitter sued Musk, who is likewise chief executive of electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc to hold him to his April agreement to buy the company for $54.20 per share. The company has alleged that Musk got cold anxiety over the bargain equally global politics and inflation rattled markets soon later on the deal was signed.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Twitter’s lawyer read a message from Musk that came to light during the litigation that the lawyer said showed the billionaire was not actually concerned nigh spam accounts.

Musk sent a message to a Morgan Stanley banker in May, every bit Russia’due south President Vladimir Putin was warning the West over his country’s state of war in Ukraine, that read “information technology won’t make sense to buy Twitter if we’re heading into Globe War III.” The bargain contract allows Musk to walk away under certain narrow atmospheric condition, although a war is specifically excluded.

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Kickoff Published: Midweek, September 07 2022. 19:48 IST

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