Updated Jul 19, 2022 - Economy & Business

Twitter wins fight to fast-track Elon Musk deal trial

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Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

Twitter's trial for its lawsuit against Elon Musk will take place over five days in October, the Delaware Chancery Court decided following a hearing in which both parties made the case for their preferred timelines.

Why it matters: This is much closer to Twitter's preferred timeline. The judge sided with the company's arguments that delays will further harm its business.

  • She also noted that in this particular court, a trial is only one event in case — there are post-trial briefs, bench decisions, appeals, and more steps until a final resolution.

What happened: Twitter's refuted the argument that deep analysis into fake accounts was needed for the trial, mostly because it wasn't even a factor in the acquisition agreement.

  • It also argued that prolonging the case would make it hard for the company to make important decisions for its operations in a timely manner.

The other side: Musk's legal team argued that the only critical date in this case would be his April deadline for the financing of the acquisition, making the fast-tracked trial unnecessary.

  • It also argued that it needs more time to properly dig through discovery and all the data it seeks from Twitter about its spam accounts, and that the seven-month timeline it sought was much shorter than the three-to-four years such a case would normally take given the price tag and complexity.

The bottom line: The court's admitted bias toward expediting matters, coupled with its confidence that everyone involved can work swiftly, landed in Twitter's favor.

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Editor's note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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