A Delaware court in the United States has denied billionaire Elon Musk’s attempt to push back the October trial over his abortive Twitter acquisition, but it agrees that he can incorporate claims made by former Twitter security chief Peiter “Mudge” Zatko into his case, The Verge reports.
The decision follows a hearing yesterday afternoon that saw Musk’s attorneys argue for a “meager” few weeks to review new information before the trial’s October 17th start date.
Meanwhile,Twitter accused Musk of trying to drag out the trial and “sow chaos” with more document requests — claiming at one point that its lawyers had been forced to pause responding to international law enforcement requests.
Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick said that Musk should be granted wide latitude to amend claims before the trial starts, overruling Twitter’s objections, although she said she was “reticent to say more concerning the merits of the counterclaims” before the litigation.
Musk and Twitter will negotiate on “limited” discovery of new documents related to Zatko’s allegations, which include a variety of claims about poor management at Twitter as well as assertions that executives lied about the number of bots on the platform.
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