Before the next legal battle, Twitter will depose Tesla CEO Elon Musk, known for his 'combative' testimony

Before the next legal battle, Twitter will depose Tesla CEO Elon Musk, known for his 'combative' tes ...

Elon Musk, a billionaire, will be tested anew this week as lawyers for Twitter are expected to interview the CEO of Tesla in July about his abrupt decision to abandon his $44 billion (roughly Rs. 3,37,465 crore) deal for the social media business.

The world''s richest person has described opposing attorneys as "reprehensible," misled them of their happiness and accused them of extortion. He asked one attorney if he was preparing a contingency because the client was allegedly behind on child support payments.

According to a transcript of the deposition for 2020, you''re likely to be on a contingency or you''re taking that kid''s money. Which is it? Musk asked for a whistleblower in a case against Tesla.

The high-stakes Twitter interview is closed to the public. A court filing last week stated that the Musk deposition would begin on Monday and run until Wednesday, if necessary. Sources with knowledge of the deposition said Musk was not asked on Monday and they did not know when it will begin, nor did they provide a reason for the delay.

Musk''s lawyers will be able to keep him focused on answering questions, but this may be a challenge with such a powerful and opinionated witness, according to James Morsch, a corporate litigator who is not involved in the trial.

"I''d compare it to trying to hold a tiger by his tail," Morsch said.

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According to the transcript, in a 2019 deposition in litigation over Tesla''s acquisition of solar-panel manufacturer SolarCity, Musk refused five times to answer one of the initial questions.

According to a transcript, "We can stare at each other until you rephrase it."

"I''ll suppose we''ll just cancel this deposition," Baron said. Baron suggested that he would obtain an order from the judge directing Musk to answer questions, which seemed to spur things moving.

Twitter refused to comment, and Musk''s legal team did not respond to a request for comment.

According to Twitter''s attorneys, the interview will help them to prove that Musk had canceled the agreement due to weaker financial markets rather than because the company misled him about the real number of users or concealed security shortcomings.

Musk wants a judge to allow him to walk away without a penalty, while Twitter is demanding an order for him to purchase the company for $54.20 (roughly Rs. 4,180) per share. On Friday, Twitter''s stock sank by 0.4 percent, at $41.58 (roughly Rs. 3,300).

The trial of a five-day trial will begin on October 17 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Difficults of depositions are planned in the case, including of Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, as each side questions witnesses and gathers evidence to make its case.

According to a court filing, Agrawal was scheduled to answer Musk''s lawyers'' questions on Monday, starting at 9.00am (9.30pm IST), although sources said the deposition was also postponed and did not provide a reason.

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter and the former CEO of Twitter, was scheduled to be deposed last week.

What is the total truth?

Musk in his depositions demonstrated the charm and wit he uses on Twitter, where he has built a cult-like following.

The Twitter deposition situation might be particularly troubling. Its legal team includes Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and the principal attorney on the case, Bill Savitt, who first represented Musk and Tesla in the SolarCity agreement, although not during discovery and depositions in the lawsuit.

Savitt did not respond to a request for clarification.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati are also on Twitter.

Musk''s dislike of lawyers representing the opposing party, which he accuses of "trickery" and pursuing him purely for money, is one of the three posts reviewed by Reuters.

"I learned yesterday that 3% of the United States economy is legal services. That''s one of the saddest facts I''ve ever heard in a long time," Musk said of Baron, the lawyer for the SolarCity case.

Martin Tripp, the whistleblower of Tesla, accused Musk of wasting raw materials, and the judge received a request to see if he understood the swear swearing he received.

"This sounds like a legalese, semantic argument." According to Musk, "Is that a tree? Is it a tree with lots of leaves?"

If questions weren''t answered correctly, Tripp''s attorney reminded Musk that the judge warned him to supervise the deposition in person.

"Do you intend to comply with the judge''s warning there?" said the attorney general. William Fishbach.

"Of course," Musk said.

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