In a Wednesday ruling, a judge in Delaware Chancery Court denied Elon Musk and his legal team’s request for a trial delay in the billionaire’s ongoing Twitter lawsuit for the second time.
“I am convinced that even a four-week delay would risk irreparable harm to Twitter,” wrote Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick in the court filing. She cites employee departures and the difficulty Twitter has had in continuing operations amid Musk’s chaotic attempts to back out of his $44 billion purchase of the social media platform.
Earlier in this seemingly never-ending saga, in July, McCormick refused to grant Musk’s team’s request to move the trial to February 2023, instead opting for five days in October of this year.
The most recent ruling, however, isn’t all bad news for history’s richest man. McCormick denied the requested delay, but chose to allow Tesla CEO Elon Musk to include a whistleblower complaint from Peiter “Mudge” Zatko in the case.
In late August, Zatko, a former Twitter security executive, provided a lengthy whistleblower document to the Washington Post, CNN, and lawmakers. Zatko detailed claims of the social media company’s numerous security flaws and flaws in the complaint. He also included allegations that Twitter knowingly chooses to forego accurate bot accounting on the platform, adding fuel to Musk’s never-ending bot data demands.
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Elon Musk’s Twitter trial in Delaware court
According to the outlet, the trial will begin on Oct. 17, one month earlier than the mid-November date Musk’s team requested.
“We look forward to presenting our case in Court beginning October 17th and intend to close the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk,” said a Twitter spokesperson.
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