Twitter sues Elon Musk over his effort to purchase the platform

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2022 | Business Litigation |

When a party enters a relationship with a Louisiana company or initiates a transaction with it, there are typically legal requirements that must be fulfilled. If the party decides to terminate the relationship or step back from the transaction, the company may experience financial loss, disruption in operations and more. Twitter recently filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk due to his failure to follow through in his effort to purchase the social media platform. 

A breach of contract lawsuit 

Mr. Musk offered Twitter $44 billion to purchase the company. The company alleges that Mr. Musk violated his purchase agreement with his intent to turn operations over to the stockholders. The lawsuit also asserts that Mr. Musk harmed the company by disparaging the business and his purchase agreement publicly, contributing to a drop in its share price. 

Twitter claims that Mr. Musk disrupted operations, caused the company harm, and then decided to walk away from the purchase agreement. In response, Musk has asked for an expedited trial, and he is expected to file a countersuit. While it remains to be seen what will occur, it is possible that a court could order Musk to complete his agreement to buy the company based on the terms of the purchase contract. 

When is a lawsuit the answer? 

There are specific times when a lawsuit is the most appropriate course of action for a Louisiana business. Even if billions of dollars are not at stake, it is still possible for a business to take specific action to shield its interests when there is an apparent  breach of contract. An assessment of the situation will help a company understand the legal options available.