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Twitter v. Elon Musk trial date set to start October 17th.

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  • Twitter and Elon Musk will face off in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17 if they don’t settle first.
  • The social networking company is suing Musk for pulling out of a $44 billion acquisition.
  • Musk, via his attorneys, has repeatedly accused Twitter of “resisting and thwarting” his right to information about the number of bot and spam accounts on the platform.

The US judge in the Twitter vs Elon Musk legal battle over cancellation of the $44 billion takeover deal has set October 17 as the beginning date of the high-profile trial. Judge Kathaleen McCormick in the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued an official schedule, with the high-profile trial starting from October 17 till October 21. Twitter wanted the trial to begin on October 10, but Musk said he wants it to start a week later, stressing that the extra week of preperation time would be crucial.

Elon Musk and Twitter trial will start Oct. 17

“The parties shall work together in good faith on the scheduling and location of depositions. The parties will not require a subpoena to produce for deposition, on reasonable notice, persons under their respective control, including their respective current directors, officers, employees, and experts and documents under the parties’ control in the possession of such persons,” the judge said in the case scheduling order.

The Delaware judge who is deciding the case, Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick, advised Twitter’s and Musk’s attorneys of a number of aggressive deadlines to prepare for a possible trial. For example, Twitter and Musk need to serve initial discovery requests to third parties by Aug. 1, and must complete depositions by Sept. 29. The judge also emphasized in a filing late Thursday that “discovery should not be request or withheld in an effort to inflict unreasonable demands on or extract unreasonable benefits from the opposing party.”

In March, Musk wrote this in a series of tweets: “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done? Is a new platform needed?” Musk, via his attorneys, has repeatedly accused Twitter of “resisting and thwarting” his right to information about the number of bot and spam accounts on the platform. Twitter plans to hold a shareholder meeting to vote on the acquisition on Sept. 13.

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