After Twitter hired a large New York-based law firm to sue Elon Musk over his decision to terminate a USD 44 billion takeover deal, Tesla and SpaceX CEO mocked the platform with a series of memes. As per The Hill, the microblogging site has hired a large New York-based law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP as it prepares to sue Musk. Twitter will file its lawsuit in Delaware next week. Over this, Elon taunted the micro-blogging site with Chuck Norris meme as he warned Twitter of the consequences of taking him to court
Elon Musk told Twitter that 'taking him to court means tech firm has to 'disclose bot info' after he terminated $44B deal due to lack of information.' Poking fun at Twitter for taking legal action shared a picture of Chuck Norris at a chess board with one pawn confidently staring down a full set of black pieces. On the other hand, he pointed out that taking legal action against him will lead Twitter to disclose its spam bot details.
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Meanwhile, Musk is being represented by the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.
On Saturday (July 9), Bret Taylor, Twitter's chairman said, "The Twitter Board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk and plans to pursue legal action to enforce the merger agreement. We are confident we will prevail in the Delaware Court of Chancery." Musk announced the termination of a USD 44 billion Twitter purchase deal in a letter sent by Musk's team to Twitter.
Musk decided to suspend the deal due to multiple breaches of the purchase agreement. The Tesla CEO's team strongly believes that the proportion of spam and fake accounts is "wildly higher" than 5 per cent, according to the letter. "As further described below, Mr Musk is terminating the Merger Agreement because Twitter is in material breach of multiple provisions of that Agreement," the letter said on Friday. "
"In short, Twitter has not provided information that Mr Musk has requested for nearly two months notwithstanding his repeated, detailed clarifications intended to simplify Twitter's identification, collection, and disclosure of the most relevant information sought in Mr Musk's original requests."
In April, Musk reached an acquisition agreement with Twitter at USD 54.20 per share in a transaction valued at approximately $44 billion. However, Musk put the deal on hold in May to allow his team to review the veracity of Twitter's claim that less than 5% of accounts on the platform are bots or spam. Back in June, Musk had openly accused the microblogging website of breaching the merger agreement and threatened to walk away and call off the acquisition of the social media company for not providing the data he has requested on spam and fake accounts.
Musk alleged that Twitter is "actively resisting and thwarting his information rights" as outlined by the deal, CNN reported, citing the letter he sent to Twitter's head of legal, policy and trust, Vijaya Gadde. Musk demanded that Twitter turn over information about its testing methodologies to support its claims that bots and fake accounts constitute less than 5 per cent of the platform's active user base, a figure the company has consistently stated for years in boilerplate public disclosures.
(With ANI inputs)