Elon Musk pushes for Twitter trial to start next year – TechCrunch

As Twitter pushes for a speedy trial, Elon Musk’s lawyers plead to slow things down.

In Twitter’s lawsuit against its future owner, the company argued it would only need four days to prove that the court should require Musk to honor his agreement to buy it for $44 billion. Twitter chastised the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla in the lawsuit, not only for trying to walk away from the deal, but for dragging the social network through the mud in the process.

Twitter, likely tired of being in limbo as the drama drags on, called for the trial to be expedited with a start date as early as September.

Musk’s legal team pushed back on Friday, saying the case will require “forensic review and analysis” of an extensive set of data, referring to his argument that Twitter is understating its spam count and fake accounts. Bloomberg reported the new filing from Musk’s legal team.

Team Musk is targeting a trial date of Feb. 13, 2023, which Bloomberg describes as “an extremely fast timeline for a case of such magnitude.”

“Twitter’s sudden warp-speed request after two months of stomping and obfuscation is its latest tactic to cover up the truth about spam accounts long enough for the railroad defendants to shut down,” wrote l Musk’s legal team. The filing argues that an analysis of Twitter’s bot population will take a long time, but the process is “fundamental” to determining Twitter’s value.

We’ll know more about the trial schedule on July 19, when a judge assesses whether the case should be expedited.


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