Elon Musk responds to Twitter’s lawsuit, opposing company’s request for expedited trial

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Elon Musk filed a motion Friday opposing Twitter Inc.’s request to expedite a trial over his intention to terminate his $44 billion takeover.

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Lawyers for Musk filed papers with the Delaware Chancery Court, their first public response to the lawsuit filed earlier this week by the social-media company seeking to enforce the terms of their merger agreement. The court should reject Twitter’s “unjustifiable request to rush this,” they said in their filing.

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has asked the court to expedite the proceedings, citing risks from the recent economic downturn and being held in limbo by a buyer. The company requested a trial by mid-September “to protect Twitter and its stockholders from the continuing market risk and operational harm resulting from Musk’s attempt to bully his way out of an airtight merger agreement.”

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An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com,

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