The judge overseeing the legal battle between Twitter and Elon Musk has set October 17 as the start of the trial to force, or not, the entrepreneur to redeem the social network.
Twitter had filed a complaint on July 12 in a Delaware court to compel the richest man in the world to honor his commitment, made at the end of April, to acquire it for 44 billion dollars.
< p class="e-p">The platform requested an accelerated procedure from September, so as not to prolong the period of uncertainty which is partially paralyzing the company, while Mr. Musk's lawyers wanted that hostilities do not begin in court until next year.
Kathaleen McCormick, president of a specialized business law tribunal, had already decided that the trial would take place in October and would last five days.
She detailed in a published document deadlines Thursday evening for various procedures, in the run-up to a trial scheduled to take place from October 17 to 21.
She writes there several times that the parties must cooperate in good faith to agree on how to share documents or arrange for depositions.
Elon Musk had announced in April his intention to become the owner of the social network, but finally declared at the beginning of July that he was terminating the agreement on the grounds that the San Francisco-based company had, in his opinion, lied about the proportion of automated accounts on its platform.
The social network, which wants the transaction to be completed, convened a general meeting of its members on September 13. shareholders so that they ratify the operation.