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Judge allows Elon Musk to amend Twitter allegations, dismisses case late


The five-day trial is due to begin on October 17. (Case)

New York:

A US judge allowed Elon Musk to amend his lawsuit against Twitter on Wednesday, but dismissed the postponement of the trial over the disintegration of the billionaire’s deal to acquire the social media company.

In a mixed ruling, Kathaleen McCormick, the Delaware court chancellor, said Musk could add whistleblower revelations from a former Twitter security chief that surfaced in August.

But she rejected his request to postpone litigation, saying extending the lawsuit “would risk further harm to Twitter, too great to warrant.”

Musk has been locked in a bitter legal battle with Twitter since announcing in July that he was ending his $44 billion purchase of the company following a months-long complex and volatile courtship.

Musk said he called off the deal because he was misled by Twitter about the number of bot accounts on its platform, claims the company denies.

Revelations by former Twitter security chief Peiter Zatko criticizing Twitter’s security practices first became public in August following an article in The Washington Post.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Musk’s attorneys sought to amend his appeal and be granted additional time to uncover documents to investigate Zatko’s claims.

Twitter lawyers argued that Musk’s request was another delaying tactic designed to derail the takeover.

McCormick said Musk had crossed the relatively low legal bar to amend her complaint against Twitter, adding that she was “reluctant” to weigh in on the merits of Musk’s arguments “until they have been fully argued.”

But she said Musk’s team would be allowed “only incremental discovery” to follow up on the new allegations in light of the need for a quick resolution to the case.

“The longer it takes until trial, the greater the risk of irreparable harm to Twitter,” McCormick said, noting that the company has suffered employee attrition as it “has been forced for months manage under the constraints of a repudiated merger agreement”.

The five-day trial is scheduled to take place from October 17 in the Delaware court.

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