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The case between Twitter and Elon Musk: the court is still relevant for the judge

The trial judge said on Wednesday that the trial is still set for October 17 until the social network and Tesla boss formally requested a stay of the proceedings.

The judge in charge of the lawsuit between Twitter and Elon Musk said on Wednesday that the trial is still set for October 17 because the social network and Tesla boss have not formally requested a stay of the proceedings. Elon Musk tweeted on Monday offering to buy the company as originally planned for $44 billion if his board of directors completes his lawsuit and he gets the necessary funds.

But at this stage, “the parties have not asked for a dismissal,” Judge Catalyn McCormick said in a letter to attorneys on Wednesday. “Therefore, I continue to prepare for the trial,” she added. Twitter filed a complaint against Elon Musk in early July to force him to honor his commitment made two months earlier. The multi-billionaire has just announced that he is ending it, claiming that Twitter lied to him on some issues, in particular about the proportion of fake accounts on the platform, which the company denies.

Elon Musk is expected to be questioned this Thursday behind closed doors by social media lawyers. They asked for sanctions against the performer, who is accused of not providing all the necessary information, in particular messages sent through the Signal application, known for its privacy. “I am forced to conclude that it is quite probable” that those responsible for preserving the messages relevant to the case “allowed the messages on Signal to be automatically deleted (…) and, therefore, they were irretrievably lost,” the judge notes. She is demanding that Tesla’s boss’s lawyers provide some of the missing exchanges, but reserves the decision on possible sanctions.

Elon Musk offered to buy the platform in the spring for $54.20 per share, thus valuing it at $44 billion. The board of directors, at first very reluctant, eventually agreed. Until Tuesday, everything indicated that Twitter was on track to win a lawsuit against the rowdy businessman.

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