The judge overseeing the legal battle between Twitter and Elon Musk has set October 17 as the start of the trial to decide whether or not to force the entrepreneur to buy the network social.
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 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.
In a document published Thursday evening, she has set deadlines for various proceedings ahead of a trial scheduled for October 17-21.
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 counterattacked on Friday by filing a complaint against Twitter in a Delaware court, says the Wall Street Journal.
This complaint filed confidentially is not yet publicly available.
One of Elon Musk's requests reportedly relates to the allegation that Twitter lied about his number of redeemable users after accepting his purchase offer, the newspaper understands.
Elon Musk announced in April his intention to become the owner of the social network but eventually said in early July that it was terminating the deal on the grounds that the San Francisco-based company it believed lied about the proportion of automated accounts on its platform.
< p class="e-p">The social network, which wants the transaction to be completed, has called a general meeting of its shareholders on September 13 so that they ratify operation.