Twitter in court filing rejects Elon Musk’s claims as ‘implausible’

Twitter on Thursday filed a reaction to statements by billionaire Elon Musk that he has genuine explanations for wanting to back again out of his $44 billion offer to obtain the social media firm.

In an sudden twist, Twitter was ready to file its reaction to Musk before Musk’s individual counterclaims have been produced public. A choose dominated on Wednesday that Musk’s counterclaim will be manufactured community by Friday.

“In accordance to Musk, he — the billionaire founder of various companies, recommended by Wall Avenue bankers and attorneys — was hoodwinked by Twitter into signing a $44 billion merger arrangement. That story is as implausible and contrary to point as it seems,” the submitting by Twitter reported.

In a reply filed Thursday in Delaware Chancery Court docket, Twitter phone calls Musk’s reasoning “a tale, imagined in an energy to escape a merger agreement that Musk no lengthier located attractive as soon as the inventory marketplace — and along with it, his significant individual prosperity — declined in value.”

“The Counterclaims are a built-for-litigation tale that is contradicted by the proof and common feeling,” Twitter’s reaction suggests. “Musk invents representations Twitter hardly ever made and then attempts to wield, selectively, the comprehensive confidential info Twitter presented him to conjure a breach of those purported representations.”

At the exact same time, the reaction suggests, Musk also accused Twitter of breaching their agreement by “stonewalling” his facts requests.

Representatives for Musk did not instantly return a information for remark Thursday.

Attorneys for Musk experienced required to file a public variation of their remedy and counterclaims in Delaware courtroom Wednesday. But Twitter lawyers complained that they necessary more time to review and probably redact Musk’s sealed submitting, expressing it refers “extensively” to inside Twitter data and details provided to Musk.

Musk, the world’s richest man, agreed in April to get Twitter and take it non-public, supplying $54.20 a share and vowing to loosen the company’s policing of information and to root out fake accounts.

But Musk said in July that he desired to back out of the offer, prompting Twitter to file a lawsuit to hold him to the “seller-friendly” arrangement.

Musk claims Twitter has unsuccessful to provide him ample data about the quantity of bogus accounts on its service. Twitter argues that Musk, CEO of electrical vehicle maker and solar electricity enterprise Tesla Inc., is intentionally hoping to tank the deal since sector problems have deteriorated and the acquisition no for a longer period serves his interests.

Both Musk or Twitter would be entitled to a $1 billion separation charge if the other get together is discovered dependable for the settlement failing. Twitter wants a lot more, having said that, and is searching for a court docket purchase of “specific performance” directing Musk to adhere to by means of with the deal.