FirstFT: Twitter sues to force Elon Musk into $44 billion deal

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Twitter has asked a Delaware court to force billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk to honor his $44 billion deal to buy the social media company.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Delaware Chancery Court, Twitter attorneys said Musk should be forced to complete the merger at the $54.20 per share price agreed upon when the deal was struck in late April.

“Having staged a public spectacle to put Twitter on the line, and having proposed and then signed a seller-friendly merger agreement, Musk apparently believes that he – unlike all other parties subject to Delaware contract law – is free to change of opinion, throw out the business, disrupt its operations, destroy shareholder value and walk away,” according to the complaint.

“This repudiation follows a long list of significant contract violations by Musk that have cast a cloud over Twitter and his business,” he 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.

Do you think Musk should be forced to honor his deal to buy Twitter? Let me know what you think of [email protected]. Thanks for reading FirstFT Asia. – Emily

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