Elon Musk can lean on the Twitter whistleblower however he can't push the trial date again • TechCrunch

A Delaware decide will allow Elon Musk to incorporate new information from Twitter whistleblower Peiter Zatko into his countersuit in the direction of the agency. Zatko, a properly-revered safety expert acknowledged by the nickname “Mudge,” beforehand served as Twitter’s head of safety and raised factors with regard to the agency’s safety and privateness practices in a current whistleblower grievance.

Delaware’s Chancery courtroom Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick issued a various Wednesday that will allow Musk to amend his counterclaim with particulars that emerged in Zatko’s whistleblower grievance filed with the SEC in July. McCormick added that Musk would solely be allowed “incremental discovery related to the mannequin new allegations” and that might embody “focused doc discovery and minimal extra specialists and actuality witnesses.”

Twitter argued in the direction of permitting Musk to amend his claims with Zatko’s allegations, nonetheless the decide famous that such amendments are often allowed. Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal denied the accuracy of Zatko’s claims in an inside memo final month, arguing that the whistleblower grievance pushes “a false narrative that is riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies, and provided with out important context.”

whereas Musk is getting his methodology on that one, McCormick rejected the simultaneous request from his authorized staff to delay the trial, which is scheduled to start out on October 17. Musk’s staff needed to push the trial a month out, into mid-November.

“In arguing that trial should be delayed by at the least 4 weeks, Defendants contend that no exterior deadline creates any urgency… nonetheless the utterly different is true,” McCormick wrote. “I beforehand rejected Defendants’ arguments in response to Twitter’s movement to expedite, making clear that the longer the delay till trial, the elevated the hazard of irreparable harm to Twitter.”