Judge Presiding Over Twitter’s Lawsuit Against Elon Musk Tested Positive For COVID-19

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A Covid-19 test result was positive for the judge presiding over Twitter Inc.’s lawsuit against Elon Musk.

According to a letter sent out on Monday, Judge Kathaleen St. J. McCormick stated that she would need to be “isolating this week due to CDC standards” and that the hearing scheduled on Tuesday in Delaware on Twitter’s request to fast-track its case will instead take place via Zoom. She clarified that her symptoms were not severe.

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Last week, Twitter filed a lawsuit in an effort to pressure Musk into finalizing the deal. Twitter also asked that the non-jury trial begin on September 19. The world’s richest man agreed to pay $54.20 per share for the social media network, according to lawyers representing San Francisco-based Twitter, and they claim they only need four days to demonstrate this.

Twitter’s lawyers, in response, are unfairly pushing for a “warp speed” trial, according to Musk’s legal team. The billionaire claims that by withholding specific information on so-called spam bot accounts that were present in its system, Twitter violated the terms of the buyout agreement. Musk’s attorneys said in a July 15 filing that the lawsuit necessitates a “forensic assessment and analysis of enormous swaths of data” about the bots in addition to other legal concerns and that a February trial date is necessary.

Twitter v. Musk, 22-0613, Delaware Chancery Court, is the case (Wilmington).