The report says Musk may try to deny the termination of the thousands who have been laid off by Twitter
From the moment Elon Musk began laying off workers at Twitter, former employees immediately began suing. Within weeks, Twitter was beset with multiple class action lawsuits, with employees alleging that Twitter broke laws by denying proper segregation and discriminating against women and employees with disabilities or on family or medical leave. However, these mass actions didn’t seem to faze Musk, as he continued to cut staff without making severance pledges to many. Instead of paying the former employees, he eventually escalated threats to terminate the rest of the staff, abruptly firing employees for criticizing him and threatening to sue employees who leak internal Twitter communications.
Musk clearly feels confident facing potential legal battles against the former Twitter employees, but what is not clear is who he envisions helping him win. The New York Times reported yesterday that Musk has begun to “shift” his legal team at Twitter as he prepares to fend off all of these allegations, according to seven people familiar with what’s going on on Twitter. He reportedly fired one of his closest legal allies, his personal attorney, Alex Spiro, after Musk discovered that it was Spiro who made the controversial call to retain Twitter’s general counsel James A. Baker.
A person familiar with the matter told Ars that Spiro was not a Twitter employee and was not fired. Spiro only served in a transitional advisory role at Twitter, and going forward, he will continue to serve as trial attorney representing Musk in general and representing Twitter in several pending cases. The source confirmed that the New York Times’ reporting was generally accurate, but could not confirm whether Pecker had anything to do with Twitter’s recent decision to decline to retain Spiro’s services in future litigation.
Anyone who follows Twitter Profiles knows that Baker quickly exited Twitter after Musk’s two reporters Realized by Matt Taibi and Barry Weiss that Baker was reviewing all files being shared and was suspected of “suppressing” information. Apparently, Musk didn’t know the chain of command for releasing files on reporters.
Over the weekend, while we both dealt with the obstacles to new searches, so was it @employee Who found out that the person responsible for editing the files was someone named Jim. When she called to ask what “Jim’s” last name was, the answer came: “Jim Baker.”
– Matt Taiba (mtaibbi) December 6, 2022
Prior to his work at Twitter, Baker previously worked for the FBI. It appeared that the “Twitter Files” reporters considered him endangered because of his previous history of leaking information to the press.
Without Spiro or Baker on board to help Musk fight off lawsuits, Musk has called more than half a dozen lawyers from SpaceX, the newspaper reported. This is said to include top experts such as Chris Cardassi, SpaceX’s vice president of legal affairs, and Tim Hughes, SpaceX’s senior vice president of global business and government affairs.
Musk will likely turn to Hughes for guidance as the FTC threatens more legal challenges. If the FTC found that Twitter misled users about privacy protections, that would violate a decade-old consent decree. The New York Times reported that the FTC had already sent messages on Twitter asking how staffing cuts would affect Twitter’s ability to support this agreement. Before being fired from advising Twitter, Spiro previously said Musk is “putting rockets into space” and “isn’t afraid of the FTC.”
Neither SpaceX nor Twitter immediately responded to Ars’ request for comment.
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