Judge slams Elon Musk for failing to hand over texts about Twitter buy. Do you think the texts might be incriminating?
A judge sharply criticized Elon Musk for not properly turning over text messages that could be evidence in Twitter Inc.’s lawsuit seeking to force the billionaire to complete his proposed $44 billion buyout of the social-media platform.
Delaware Chancery Judge Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick said in a Wednesday ruling there were “glaring deficiencies” in how Musk and his lawyers responded to Twitter’s request for text messages he and top aide Jared Birchall sent and received about the proposed deal and his subsequent effort to withdraw from it. She ordered the men to turn over phone records about their texts.
“Third parties produced text messages with Musk that Musk himself did not produce,” she said. Some of the exchanges he produced also had obvious gaps. Still, she noted Musk’s legal team moved to clear up many of the problems Twitter complained about in pre-trial information exchanges.
Alex Spiro, Musk’s lead lawyer, declined to comment on McCormick’s ruling about the texts. Twitter representatives didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
McCormick noted Musk produced two texts Robert Steel of Perella Weinberg sent him 18 minutes apart on June 17. Steel first asked a question and then subsequently texted, “Ok. Got it…” The second text clearly indicated that Musk replied to the first, the judge said, but the response wasn’t turned over to Twitter.
“Assuming that Musk’s response was not telepathic, one would expect some evidence of it in defendants’ document production,” McCormick wrote. “But defendants provided none by the deadline.”
Elon Musk’s top aide, Jared Birchall, has been ordered to hand over phone records to Twitter (TWTR). The judge said there were “glaring deficiencies” in how Musk and his lawyers responded to Twitter’s request for texts. Do you think the texts might be incriminating?
Submitted September 08, 2022 at 04:01PM by predictany007
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