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Twitter Sues Elon Musk To Enforce Completion Of $44bn Takeover Deal

Twitter Staff Sue Elon Musk As He Begins Mass Layoffs
Twitter Inc has sued Elon Musk for violating the $44bn deal to buy the social media platform.

Gatekeepers News reports that Musk, on Friday, said he was terminating the deal because Twitter violated the agreement by failing to respond to requests for information regarding fake or spam accounts on the platforms, which is fundamental to its business performance.

Twitter has asked a Delaware court to order the world’s richest person to complete the merger at the agreed $54.20 per Twitter share, according to a court filing.

“Musk apparently believes that he – unlike every other party subject to Delaware contract law – is free to change his mind, trash the company, disrupt its operations, destroy stockholder value, and walk away,” said the lawsuit on Tuesday.

The lawsuit accused Musk of “a long list” of violations of the merger agreement that “have cast a pall over Twitter and its business”.

Shares in the social media platform tumbled to $34.06 on Tuesday from above $50 when the deal was accepted by Twitter’s board in late April.

The company has said for years in regulatory filings that it believes about 5 percent of the accounts on the platform are fake. Musk has also alleged that Twitter broke the acquisition agreement when it fired two top managers and laid off a third of its talent-acquisition team.

Twitter said it negotiated to remove from the merger agreement language that would have made such firings a violation of ordinary course requirements.

Twitter Chairman Brett Taylor had stated that the company’s board was “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”

The terms of the deal include a $1bn break-up fee if Musk does not complete the transaction as agreed.

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