Elon Musk fired back on Twitter on Friday, escalating tensions between the Tesla CEO and the social networking company he agreed to buy, but the lawsuit is not yet available to the public.
It’s not clear why Musk asked the court to keep the details of his countersuit secret when the billionaire, who is also the CEO of SpaceX, has lashed out at Twitter in recent months on social media and in press interviews.
On April 25, 2022, Twitter and Musk announced that Musk would take the social networking company private for $44 billion. Shortly after Musk’s $44 billion deal, the market slump led to losses in tech stocks, including Tesla and Twitter.
Shortly after they signed the deal, Musk accused Twitter of lying about the number of spam and bot accounts on its platform and denying him access to information about how they manage these accounts. Musk formally said he wanted to end the deal earlier this month, and Twitter filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery to force him to go ahead with the deal.
Musk’s legal team filed a confidential countersuit in a Delaware court on Friday, meaning a copy is not immediately available to the public, but a version with sensitive details redacted could be made public in the near future.
Chancellor Kathleen St. J. McCormick, the judge in the case, issued the order Thursday night, setting the schedule for a five-day trial to begin Oct. 17.
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