Twitter filed a July 12 lawsuit in a Delaware court to force the world’s richest man to honor its late April commitment to acquire him for $44 billion.
The platform has been calling for a fast track procedure since September to avoid prolonging a period of uncertainty that will partially paralyze the company, while Mr Musk’s lawyers wanted the court fighting to start only next year.
Kathleen McCormick, chairman of the commercial law tribunal, has already decided that the trial will take place in October and last five days.
In a document released Thursday evening, she set deadlines for various proceedings ahead of a trial scheduled for October 17-21.
She writes there several times that the parties must cooperate in good faith agree on how to share documents or organize testimony.
Elon Musk announced in April his intention to own the social network, but finally announced in early July that he was terminating the agreement on the grounds that the San Francisco-based company had, he said, lied about the proportion of automated accounts on its platform.
The social network, which wants the deal to go through, called a general meeting of its shareholders on September 13 to ratify the deal.