Elon Musk’s deposition on Twitter case delayed amid efforts to close deal: report

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Twitter has reportedly agreed to delay Elon Musk’s deposition that was scheduled for Thursday. The social media company’s decision comes as Twitter and Musk’s teams negotiate how to finalize the Tesla CEO’s $44 billion acquisition of the company, according to sources reportedly familiar with the matter.

Elon Musk’s Twitter saga has been ongoing for months, with the Tesla CEO stating that he would purchase the company in April before announcing later that he was pausing his buyout over concerns about the social media platform’s spam and bot accounts. The two parties’ legal battle has been quite bitter, with both sides accusing the other of being uncooperative, among others. 

Musk and Twitter are set to face each other in court on October 17, though it remains to be seen if the trial will indeed happen. After all, Musk had recently written to Twitter to let the social media company know that he was ready to complete his buyout at the initially agreed-upon price of $54.20 per share. 

According to court papers, Musk was set to appear on Thursday at 9.30 a.m. at the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati offices in Austin, Texas. As noted by the Financial Times, Twitter’s chief litigator, Bill Savitt of Wachtell, Lipton, was set to depose the Tesla CEO for two days. Musk had canceled a previously scheduled deposition over Covid-related concerns. 

The delay in Musk’s deposition comes amid Twitter’s efforts to ask the court for specific contractual guarantees which would ensure Musk will complete his acquisition. Citing a person reportedly familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal also noted that Musk and Twitter had previously held discussions about possible price cuts to the deal. The talks, however, were unsuccessful. 

Kathaleen McCormick, the judge who would be overseeing Musk and Twitter’s trial, has noted that she has not received any filings from either camp to move for a stay. “The parties have not filed a stipulation to stay this action, nor has any party moved for a stay. I, therefore, continue to press on toward our trial set to begin on October 17,” the judge said. 

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Elon Musk’s deposition on Twitter case delayed amid efforts to close deal: report
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