Elon Musk was authorized on Wednesday by a US judge to include among his arguments to desist from buying Twitter the allegations of a former security chief of the social network, but refused to delay the demand of the American tycoon.
In a mixed ruling, kathleen mccormicka Delaware court judge, said that Musk could add whistleblower revelations from a former Twitter security chief that surfaced in August.
However, the judge denied his request to delay the litigation and said that prolonging the lawsuit “It would be too great a risk of major damage to Twitter to justify.”
Musk pounds one tough legal battle with Twitter since announcing in July that it would cancel its $44 billion purchase of the company after a complex, volatile and months-long negotiation.
Musk has said he called off the deal because Twitter misled you about the number of bot accounts on its platformallegations rejected by the company.
The revelations of the former Twitter security chief, Peter Zatkowhich criticizes Twitter’s security practices were first made public in August, following a report in the Washington Post.
In a hearing on Tuesday, Musk’s attorneys sought to amend his appeal and be granted additional document discovery time to investigate Zatko’s claims.
Twitter’s lawyers argued that Musk’s request was another delaying tactic designed to derail the acquisition.
McCormick said that Musk had passed the legal bar to modify his lawsuit against Twitter, and She added that she was “reluctant” to weigh the merits of Musk’s arguments “before they have been fully litigated.”
But he said that next to Musk he would be allowed “just an incremental investigation” to follow up on new allegations in light of the need for a speedy resolution of the case.
“The longer it takes until trial, the greater the risk of irreparable damage to Twitter”McCormick said, noting that the company has suffered from employee attrition while “It has been forced for months to operate under the restrictions of a repudiated merger agreement.”
The five-day trial is due to continue from October 17 in Delaware court.
(With information from AFP)