Elon Musk sues law firm that led fight to make him complete Twitter takeover—and charged $90 million

Elon Musk sued the legislation agency that led the courtroom struggle to make him full his takeover of Twitter, saying it took benefit of the corporate whereas operating up a $90 million invoice.

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, among the many most worthwhile companies within the US, exploited a short, weak interval simply as Musk was closing the $44 billion deal, in accordance with a criticism filed in San Francisco state courtroom by Musk’s X Corp., now the dad or mum of Twitter.

Twitter had agreed to pay Wachtell attorneys on an hourly foundation to implement Musk’s settlement to purchase the corporate when he tried to again out, however the agency violated its moral duties in addition to California legislation within the ultimate days of its four-month illustration when it solicited “gargantuan” bonus charges, in accordance with the criticism.  

The lawsuit is one thing of a job reversal for Musk, who’s a defendant in quite a few fits alleging that Twitter beneath his management allowed hundreds of thousands in unpaid bills to pile up from former staff, distributors and landlords whereas purportedly attempting to maintain the corporate financially solvent.

Representatives of Wachtell, together with William Savitt, who performed a lead position in final 12 months’s Delaware Chancery Courtroom struggle, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Twitter’s authorized battle with Musk engaged dozens of attorneys on each side for months, some charging upwards of $1,000 an hour — main Columbia College legislation professor John Espresso to take a position that whole authorized charges may have exceeded $1 billion if the case had gone to trial. 

X Corp. claims that by arranging to invoice Twitter its hourly charges as a substitute of taking the case on a contingency foundation, Wachtell “undertook completely no danger in acquiring its mammoth success charge.” Furthermore, the corporate’s settlement with the legislation agency “doesn’t even specify the quantity of the success charge, not to mention any system or share used to reach at that determine,” in accordance with the criticism.

The swimsuit additionally faults “lame duck” executives on the social media platform went on a authorized “spending spree” earlier than Musk took management. 

“Totally conscious that no person with an financial curiosity in Twitter’s monetary well-being was minding the shop, Wachtell organized to successfully line its pockets with funds from the corporate money register whereas the keys had been being handed over to the Musk Events,” in accordance with the criticism.

The case is X Corp. v. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, CGC-23-607461, California Superior Courtroom (San Francisco).

— With help by Caroline Hyde

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