Twitter goes to court to force Elon Musk to buy it out

Twitter took legal action on Tuesday to force Elon Musk to buy the social network according to the terms agreed with the boss of Tesla at the end of April, which valued the Californian group at 44 billion dollars.

A judge from a court specializing in business law, in the State of Delaware (eastern United States), will therefore have to determine whether or not the multi-billionaire can terminate the acquisition agreement, free of charge. .

The latter provides for severance pay of one billion dollars, which Elon Musk does not seem to want to settle, as it stands.

“Elon Musk’s exit strategy is a model of hypocrisy” and a “model of bad faith”, say the platform’s lawyers, who seem determined to fight it out.

“After putting on quite a show to target Twitter, and after proposing and then signing a merger deal, Musk seems to believe he’s free — unlike any party contracted under the law. of Delaware — to change your mind, defame the company, disrupt its business, destroy its stock value, and wash your hands of it,” they say in a court document viewed. by AFP.

The whimsical entrepreneur took a stake in Twitter at the start of the year, before announcing his intention to buy the platform, which he considers too “censored”, in the interest of democracy.

– Sense of humor –

To justify its unilateral decision on Friday to terminate the agreement, its lawyers assured that Twitter had not provided all the information requested on inauthentic accounts active on the network and minimized the number of spam messages.

But for the blue bird, “Musk’s behavior simply confirms that he wanted to get out of a contract he signed freely, and harm Twitter at the same time”.

The Twitter logo and Elon Musk’s account on July 8, 2022 in Los Angeles (AFP/Archives – Chris DELMAS)

“Oh the irony lol,” reacted Elon Musk on Twitter on Tuesday.

On Monday, he posted an image with four photos of himself, hilarious, with this caption: “They said I couldn’t buy Twitter. Then they refused to reveal the information about the fake accounts. Now they want me force to take over Twitter in court. Now they are forced to reveal the information about the fake accounts”.

For several months, the richest man in the world has been increasing attacks and mockery against the network where he is followed by more than 100 million people.

He sharply criticized its content moderation policy, and publicly mocked some executives.

At the height of the row over the number of inauthentic accounts, he pitted a poop emoji against arguments from Twitter boss Parag Agrawal.

– “Horror movie” –

“He claimed to + suspend + the agreement while waiting to meet imaginary conditions, failed in his obligation to find funding (…) breached his duty of reserve (and) used confidential information for bad purposes”, list the company lawyers.

Mr. Musk “did not employ the means necessary to complete the acquisition”, they add. “Twitter has suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable damage as a result of these breaches.”

On Friday, the chairman of the board of directors (CA) of the platform, Bret Taylor, had warned that the CA was “determined to conclude the transaction at the price and on the terms agreed” and intended to prevail in court.

“There’s a whole range of possible outcomes: a negotiated settlement between the parties to avoid trial, payment of severance pay, contract enforcement, and a myriad of other possibilities,” noted analyst Dan. Ives Tuesday.

Different experts in business law agree to give the advantage to Twitter in terms of legal arguments, but believe that the social network will suffer permanently from this case, whatever the conclusion.

“Musk has a black eye and Twitter (and its employees) are living a horror movie,” commented Dan Ives. “It’s a soap opera without a winner”.

Leave a Comment