Twitter has asked a Delaware court to force billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk to honour his $44bn agreement to buy the social media company.
In a complaint filed in Delaware chancery court on Tuesday, lawyers for Twitter said Musk should be compelled to complete the merger at the $54.20 per share price agreed when the deal was struck in late April.
“Having mounted a public spectacle to put Twitter in play, and having proposed and then signed a seller-friendly merger agreement, Musk apparently believes that he — unlike every other party subject to Delaware contract law — is free to change his mind, trash the company, disrupt its operations, destroy stockholder value, and walk away,” according to the complaint.
“This repudiation follows a long list of material contractual breaches by Musk that have cast a pall over Twitter and its business,” it added.
The move sets the stage for a messy legal battle between the Silicon Valley company and one of its most prolific and powerful users.
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