A U.S. judge allowed Elon Musk to amend his complaint against Twitter on Wednesday, but ruled out delaying a lawsuit over the dissolution of the billionaire’s social media company’s deal. rich.
In a mixed judgment, Kathaleen McCormick, the premier of the Delaware court, said Musk could add whistleblower disclosures from a former Twitter security chief who appeared in August.
But she denied his request to push back the lawsuit, saying prolonging the lawsuit “would risk further harm to Twitter that is too great to justify.”
Musk has been stuck in an acrimonious legal battle with Twitter since announcing in July that he was pulling the plug on his $44 billion purchase of the company after a complicated, fraught courtship. fluctuations, lasting many months.
Musk said he canceled the deal because he was misled by Twitter regarding the number of bot accounts on its platform, allegations that have been denied by the company.
The revelation from Twitter’s former chief security officer, Peiter Zatko, criticizing Twitter’s privacy practices was first made public in August following a report in the Washington Post.
During Tuesday’s hearing, lawyers for Musk sought to amend his appeal and be granted more time to explore the document in order to investigate Zatko’s assertions.
Twitter’s lawyers argue that Musk’s request is another delaying tactic designed to derail.
McCormick said Musk has removed the relatively low legal hurdle to amend his complaint against Twitter, adding that she is “cautious” to weigh in on the merits of Musk’s arguments “before” they are fully litigated.”
But she said Musk’s side would be allowed “increase detection only” to follow up on new allegations due to the need to quickly resolve the case.
“The longer the delay until the trial, the greater the risk of irreparable harm to Twitter,” McCormick said, noting that the company has suffered at the expense of Twitter users. employees while they “have been forced to navigate for months under the constraints of a rejected merger agreement”.
The five-day trial will begin October 17 in the Delaware courthouse.
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