Elon Musk wins round one in Twitter case with ordered documents

  • Musk’s lawyers last week demanded the handing over of documents of 22 Twitter employees.
  • The judge overseeing the case ordered documents from just one employee, Kayvan Bekpore.
  • Musk is now seeking more information on the data through an additional motion filed confidentially.

Elon Musk will receive some of the additional information he has sought from Twitter in his lawsuit against him, and he is seeking even more, the insider has learned.

Judge Kathleen St. Jude McCormick on Monday ordered Twitter to comply with a motion to compel Musk’s attorneys. They requested documents from 22 additional Twitter employees they said were aware of the company’s process of analyzing spam or “bot” accounts. Twitter is already handing over information from about 41 so-called “guardians” of information as part of the case.

Musk’s motion to force additional documentation was filed confidentially last week, meaning it does not appear on the court’s docket. Nor did his counterclaim allege a fraudulent “scheme” around his user numbers and metrics on Twitter. Judge McCormick’s order was made available on the docket.

A person familiar with the matter said Musk’s lawyers also filed another confidential motion to compel this week. Musk now wants to force Twitter to hand over more information on its user data and methods of collection and analysis. Musk has claimed for months that Twitter has refused to hand over all the data information he asked for. Judge McCormick is expected to make a decision on the new proposal this week.

Meanwhile, according to the judge’s brief order, Twitter is now required to “collect, review, and produce documents” from the platform’s former general manager Kywan Bekpor for the consumer. Baccour joined Twitter in 2018 under the leadership of then-CEO Jack Dorsey. In place of Dorsey, Parag Agarwal fired Becpour along with a few other officers in May. backpore wrote on twitter That was not his decision to leave the company.

While Musk’s lawyers pushed for document production from several additional Twitter employees, Judge McCormick relied only on Becpour. As head of consumer product, leading Twitter’s consumer product side for several years, Becpor has the potential to have insight and documentation about the bot analysis that Musk is looking for. A person familiar with the situation said Musk’s lawyers also sought information from other employees ranging from mid-executive level to lower level.

Judge McCormick’s ruling gave Musk a rare victory in the lawsuit that Twitter filed last month in an effort to force the billionaire to go through with his agreement to acquire the platform for $44 billion. In a preliminary hearing between the two sides, Judge McCormick agreed with Twitter that the case against Musk could move to a hearing until October.

Musk seems to have taken a less aggressive stance on Twitter lately. At least publicly. He hasn’t tweeted about the company or the matter in almost two weeks. Last week he sold nearly $7 billion worth of Tesla shares, saying it was an attempt To get ready If he is finally ordered to acquire Twitter.

Twitter’s stock has recovered recently, rising 16% over the past month and reaching closer and closer to the $54.20 per share for which Musk initially agreed to acquire the company. Such a rebound is likely to make any attempt by Musk more difficult to argue that the company is not worth agreeing to pay for it. People close to the deal previously reported that Insider Musk’s sudden obsession with bots being a dealbreaker was a move to get the company for less money as the stock market took a turn, significantly impacting his personal wealth.

Musk’s fortune is largely tied in Tesla stock, which has also soared in recent weeks. After falling to yearly lows in June, Tesla shares are now just under $928, down only 24% from their all-time high.

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