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The conflict between Tesla CEO and billionaire, Elon Musk, and the founders of Twitter has escalated as Musk filed a counterclaim while taking it to the courtroom.
Earlier this year, Musk had announced on Twitter that he would buy the social media platform for $44 billion, but on July 8 he withdrew his offer. This withdrawal led the Twitter board of directors to sue him for not going through the deal.
According to CNBC. the counterclaim filed by Elon Musk is kept a secret for now, as requested by him. However, the 164-page document might become public in a redacted form.
Musk had alleged inconsistencies in the acquisition agreement and systematic disagreement with the board of directors of Twitter as a reason not to go through with the deal.
In a letter sent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it stated that Twitter has still not provided much of the information specifically requested by Mr. Musk in Sections 1.01-1.03 of the May 19 diligence request list that is necessary for him to make an assessment of the prevalence of false or spam accounts on its website.
As recently as the June 29 Letter, Mr. Musk reiterated this long-standing request for information related to Twitter’s sampling process for detecting fake accounts. The June 29 Letter identified specific data necessary to enable Mr. Musk to independently verify Twitter’s representations regarding the number of mDAU on its platform.
“A subsequent request along these lines should not have been necessary, as this information should have been provided in response to Mr. Musk’s original diligence request. Yet, to date, Twitter has not provided any of this information.”
After the announcement of withdrawal and the claims presented by Musk, the board of directors finally responded. They claimed that the accusations made by Musk about Twitter not providing real information about the platform are false. Hence, there is no reason for him to withdraw from his purchase.
According to Twitter, “It’s not a big surprise to anyone that Musk is trying to abandon the deal. However, the problem is that this whole saga was quite disruptive in recent months, which could affect Twitter’s performance not only in the second quarter but also in the third.”
According to The Guardian, Musk has also been sued by Luigi Crispo, he owns 5,500 shares of Twitter. Crispo requested the court to order Musk to close the deal and accused him of breaching his fiduciary duty to the shareholders of the company. He also asked him to grant resources to repair damages for the losses caused.
Chancellor Kathleen McCormick of the Delaware Court had ordered a five-day trial between the two parties and it will begin on October 17. The aim of the trial is to determine whether Musk can withdraw from the deal or not. There have been no comments from the two parties about the trial, yet.