Court Denies Elon Musk’s Plea for a Trial Extension in Twitter Case

Billionaire Elon Musk had his request for an extension denied by a Delaware judge amid his Twitter lawsuit.

Musk found himself in Twitter’s crossfire after he backed out of buying the biased social media platform. He initially said he wanted to buy Twitter which the top executives tried to stop. Once it was unveiled that the platform censors conservatives and has numerous bot accounts, Musk pulled out of the deal. This resulted in Twitter taking out a lawsuit for $44 billion.

Delaware Court of Chancery Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick wrote four letters in which she denied the Tesla CEO’s request to delay his trial.

“I previously rejected [Musk’s] arguments in response to Twitter’s motion to expedite, making clear that the longer the delay until trial, the greater the risk of irreparable harm to Twitter,” she wrote in one of the letters. “Indeed, Twitter has represented that the anticipated risk of harm has materialized over the course of this litigation. I am convinced that even a four weeks delay would risk further harm to Twitter too great to justify.”

While Musk did not receive more time, the judge agreed to allow whistleblower complaints, which can be considered during the case.

Twitter’s former head of security, Peiter Zatko, said that the social media giant couldn’t protect its 238 million users from potential hacking attacks.

Zatko, who some call Mudge, filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice in July. Reportedly Twitter violated an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission made 11 years ago. Zatko claims Twitter said it had a “solid security plan,” but the platform was very vulnerable to hackers.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal sent a memo to employees and called the allegations a “fake narrative.”

“I know this is frustrating and confusing to read, given Mudge was accountable for many aspects of this work that he is now inaccurately portraying more than six months after his termination,” the memo. “But none of this takes away from the important work you have done to safeguard the privacy and security of our customers and data.”

As the lawsuit rages on, a potential $44 billion hit could stall Musk’s future plans.