Elon Musk’s response to Twitter’s lawsuit over the billionaire’s attempt to cancel the $44 billion takeover of the social media company is coming before the end of the week.
It is expected to be published Friday afternoon at the latest, according to a judge’s ruling.
That’s a few days later than Musk’s team wanted. Attorneys wanted to file a public version of their answer and counterclaims in a Delaware court on Wednesday.
Twitter’s attorneys complained that they needed more time to review and correct Musk’s sealed filing, saying it refers “extensively” to internal Twitter information and data given to Musk.
Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick, in a teleconference on Wednesday, that the public filing would end by 5 pm on Friday, but that it could be filed earlier.
Twitter attorneys argued that court rules require that five business days pass before a public version of Musk’s filing is released.
“Few cases attract as much public interest as this one, and Twitter is mindful of this court’s commitment to ensuring maximum public access to its proceedings,” wrote Twitter attorney Kevin Shannon. “Twitter has no interest in suggesting more changes to defendants’ responsive pleading than necessary.”
Musk’s attorney, Edward Micheletti, argued that Twitter’s lawyers were misinterpreting the court’s rules. Musk’s lawyers also say there is no confidential information in Musk’s filing that should be withheld from the public.
“Twitter should not be allowed to continue burying the side of the story it does not want to reveal publicly,” Micheletti wrote.
Musk agreed to buy Twitter in April and then indicated that he wanted out of the deal in July.
Twitter filed a lawsuit to keep it with the “seller-friendly” agreement.
Twitter shares closed Wednesday at $41, well off the 52-week high of $69.81.
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Musk says Twitter has failed to provide him with enough information about the number of fake accounts on its service.
Twitter argues that Musk is deliberately trying to tank the deal because market conditions have deteriorated and the acquisition no longer serves his interests.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.