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Twitter targets Musk’s friends and partners in latest legal proceedings

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Following its lawsuit against Elon Musk in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Twitter’s legal team is now investigating Musk’s aides and seeking information on other popular Silicon Valley names that may be involved with the controversial deal. 

The Twitter legal team issued a summons on Monday seeking information on Chamath Palihapitiya, David Sachs, Steve Jurvetson, Marc Andreessen, Jason Calakenis and Keith Rabois, all either friends of Musk or have worked with him in the past. Banks involved in the deal, including Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. were also issued summons over the weekend. 

Calacanis and Sacks are known friends of Musk. Calacanis, along with Andreessen was also previously known to be involved in the financing of the deal. Sacks worked with Musk during his PayPal days alongside co-founder Peter Thiel. Rabois was a PayPal executive and a friend of Thiel. As for Jurvetson, he’s a friend of Musk who also happens to be a board member for Musk’s electric car company Tesla. 

Joe Lonsdale, an associate investor in Musk and Thiel was also subpoenaed, according to a tweet by Lonsdale himself. He also spoke at the All-In Summit alongside Musk. 

The subpoenas issued on Monday ask specifically for any communications regarding spam and bot data and information on the All-In Summit 2022 held in Miami. The summit was hosted by Palihapitiya, Calacanis, Sachs and David Friedberg. This was also where Musk went a step forward and publicly accused CEO Parag Agrawal of refusing to show proof of spam accounts being less than 5%.

This intensive legal action from Twitter comes after Musk tried to wiggle out of his now extremely controversial $44 billion deal to buy the microblogging site. Musk said he was pulling out of the deal last month, citing Twitter’s inability to hand over spam and bot account data as the main reason. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

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