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Twitter-Musk Trial On $44 Billion Deal Set For October

 |  July 19, 2022

Delaware Court of Chancery chancellor Kathaleen McCormick ruled in Twitter’s favor on Tuesday for an expedited trial to force Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of the company. The five-day trial will take place in October.

During the hearing, Twitter’s lawyer, Bill Savitt of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, argued that Twitter’s request for a September trial was well in line with the timelines for similar cases in the past. He added that a quick trial schedule is imperative to stop the ongoing harm Twitter has experienced from the uncertainty of the deal’s closure and alleged disparagement by Musk.

Savitt also alleged Musk’s attempts to delay the trial may be a ploy to “run out the clock” by leaving little time for appeals before the debt commitments he made to finance the deal expire.

Musk’s lawyer, Andrew Rossman of Quinn Emanuel, argued the expedited timeline was far too aggressive for his team to review the massive data trove at Twitter, which Musk wants to review to verify the percentage of spam accounts on the platform.

Rossman charged that Twitter wants “to continue to shroud in secrecy” that number and failed to provide the information Musk asked of the company earlier.

But Savitt claimed that determining the percentage of spam accounts is not necessary in this case, since “nothing in the merger agreement turns on that question.”

In July Musk, via his attorneys, sent a letter to Twitter chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde explaining why the billionaire believed his acquisition should no longer proceed. The lawyers alleged that Twitter underreported the number of spam and fraud accounts on its messaging service and failed to send Musk information that could presumably help the executive better calculate those statistics.

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