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Judge rules: Elon Musk may change his Twitter complaint to include whistleblower exposés

Tesla CEO Elon Musk may amend his lawsuit against Twitter to include whistleblower charges, a Delaware judge ruled on Sept. 7.

Chancellor Kathleen McCormick said the state law requirements for the amendment were low. The Court “rarely refuses amendments”.

Judge McCormick dismissed Twitter’s arguments that the amendment was useless. However, she declined to comment further on the merits of the counterclaim pending resolution of the dispute.

She sided with Twitter, keeping the dates of the hearings and declining Musk’s request for them to be postponed. Thus, the billionaire will have little time to expand the whistleblower’s research.

“The defendants are allowed to make additions only in connection with new charges. This disclosure can be made by handing over targeted documents and at least ordinary or expert witnesses. The parties should immediately consult to try to agree on reasonable parameters regarding the communication of additional elements,” we can read in the five-page judgment of Judge McCormick.

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“We hope that defeating the proposed amendment will bring us closer to the truth in this courtroom,” Musk’s lawyer Alex Spiro said in an email to The Epoch Times.

Informant

Peter Zatko, known to some as Mudge, recently made the announcement on Twitter.

Mr. Zatko, Twitter’s former head of security, said the company lied to Musk about the bot accounts.

After his intervention, Musk sent a letter asking him to cancel the deal. Referring to the disclosure of the whistleblower, the letter said: “If true, this demonstrates that Twitter has violated … the terms of the merger agreement.” Musk also requested that his counterclaim be supplemented with statements from the former security chief.

In July, Twitter sued Musk for pulling out of a $44 billion acquisition deal. Twitter then claimed that Musk had violated a legal agreement. Musk counterattacked in August by accusing Twitter of being a scam, partly because of misinformation about the number of bot accounts found on the platform.

Musk also called for the trial to be moved from October 17 to mid-November, arguing that the delay would help mitigate the damage done by Twitter.

But Judge McCormick refused.

“Above, I dismissed defendants’ arguments in response to Twitter’s motion to expedite proceedings, arguing that the longer the delay before trial, the greater the risk of irreparable harm to Twitter. Indeed, Twitter demonstrated that the risk of anticipated harm materialized in the course of the trial,” she said. Twitter told the judge that the employees were tired of the lawsuit and upset that they had to work under the merger agreement.

“I’m convinced that even a four-week delay could cause further damage to Twitter, too much to justify,” she concluded.

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