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Elon Musk’s Twitter Acquisition Trial Launches in October

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Today, a Delaware court ruled that Twitter’s lawsuit against Elon Musk for withdrawing his acquisition of the company will be heard in October. This is a win for Twitter, which asked for a shorter deadline than Musk.

Musk agreed to buy Twitter in April for $44 billion, but then seemed to be getting cold feet about the deal. Despite relinquishing his ability to do “due diligence” or research into the company he planned to acquire, he claimed Twitter had too many bots. He then tried to cancel the agreement. In response, Twitter sued him to keep him from the purchase.

During pleadings in court, Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick, Twitter claimed Musk’s bot arguments were in bad faith to pull out of the deal due to an acute case of buyer’s remorse. Twitter originally wanted a date in September; Musk asked for February. The trial will last five days — longer than Twitter had requested, but shorter than Musk did. The exact dates have not yet been scheduled.

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