CEO Elon Musk told Reuters in an email on Friday that Twitter will not repeat the error it made this week by retaining the legal firm Perkins Coie to defend the business in a federal lawsuit filed in California. CEO Elon Musk told Reuters in an email on Friday that Twitter will not repeat the error it made this week by retaining the legal firm Perkins Coie to defend the business in a federal lawsuit filed in California.
Although Musk has criticized Perkins Coie on Twitter, most recently in a message about the company’s past work for former Democratic U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton, attorneys from the firm filed court hearings on Wednesday for Twitter in the matter, according to a report from Reuters. According to Musk’s email, someone on the Twitter team made a mistake by employing Perkins Coie.
In the future, “Perkins will not be representing Twitter,” he declared. When asked on Friday if Perkins Coie will continue to represent Twitter in at least six additional litigation dating back to before Musk’s ownership, he did not immediately comment. A Perkins Coie spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Musk has been CEO of Twitter since October after purchasing the firm for $44 billion. His finger-pointing comes after months of internal conflicts about Twitter’s legal personnel and goals. To remedy what he has denounced as prior censorship and partisan prejudice at the firm, Musk has removed Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s legal affairs and policy officer, and other top workers.
Additionally, Twitter has reorganized its outside legal teams, with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan attorneys replacing those from other firms in a number of pending disputes. Musk called for a boycott of the law firm Perkins Coie in a tweet on December 8 and said that Twitter “isn’t utilizing Perkins Coie” as outside counsel. He singled out Michael Sussmann, a former Perkins Coie attorney who helped Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Federal prosecutors dropped all charges against Sussmann in May after he denied giving the FBI evidence of cyber ties between the Trump Organization and a Russian-based bank while working on Clinton’s behalf.
“No firm should hire them until they make restitution for Sussmann’s attempt to rig a Presidential election,” Musk wrote of Perkins Coie in December. Musk said on Twitter in May that “white-shoe lawyers” at Perkins Coie and another prominent legal firm “thrive on corruption.”
This week, Perkins Coie agreed to represent Twitter in a lawsuit filed by far-right activist Laura Loomer in 2018. Loomer was banned from Twitter in 2018. The San Francisco complaint alleges a conspiracy to “unlawfully restrict conservative viewpoints and tamper with American elections” on the part of tech companies, businesses, and the federal government. Both Twitter and Jack Dorsey, its former CEO, have refuted the allegations.
When contacted by Reuters on Friday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk said via email that the company would not make the same mistake it did this week by hiring the law firm Perkins Coie to defend it in a federal lawsuit filed in California.
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