Twitter Trial Prep Would Take Months: Musk

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has fired back at Twitter’s lawsuit seeking to force him to complete his $US44 billion ($A65 billion) acquisition of the social media platform.

In a filing in Delaware, Musk’s lawyers accused Twitter of withholding information about fake accounts – a longtime preoccupation for Musk – and of creating delays, providing evasive responses and putting up technical obstacles.

The filing also disputed Twitter’s request for an expedited trial, claiming it would take months to obtain information from the social media giant and to depose numerous witnesses on the subject of fake accounts.

Back in April, Musk pledged to pay $US54.20 ($A79.85) a share for Twitter, which agreed to those terms after reversing its initial opposition to the deal.

The two sides have been bracing for a legal fight since the billionaire said a week ago he was backing away from his agreement to buy the company.

The filing repeated several other accusations Musk has lodged previously, including a claim Twitter violated the acquisition agreement when it fired two high-level managers without first informing Musk.

Twitter filed its lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery, which frequently handles business disputes among the many businesses, including Twitter, that are incorporated there.

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