Elon Musk’s attorneys filed a document in a Delaware chancery court on Friday stating that Elon Musk needs more time to prepare for a trial regarding his disputed withdrawal from a deal to purchase Twitter for $44 billion.
Twitter had asked for expedited handling and a hearing as early as this September, but Musk’s side thinks the trial should wait until next year.
Musk’s attorneys claimed Twitter made a “sudden request for warp speed after two months of foot-dragging and obfuscation” in their brief, which was an objection to a motion submitted earlier by Twitter. They claimed this was Twitter’s “latest strategy to veil the facts concerning spam accounts.”
According to Musk’s side, a hurried hearing would be an unfair strategy and a ploy to downplay the severity of the platform’s issues with bogus accounts. Twitter filed a lawsuit against Musk earlier this week, alleging that the Tesla CEO was making a bad faith attempt to back out of the agreement.
It would be “an incredible feat” to try a complicated busted deal case in just five to six months, according to Musk’s attorneys, and they claim that “holding the trial in February 2023 would balance the interests of the parties and the Court.” Within around 60 days, Twitter sought a hearing. Twitter chooses not to respond to a query. A comment from Musk was not forthcoming.