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Legal critics blast Elon Musk’s lawsuit against Media Matters as ‘weak’ and ‘bogus’

today 11/21/2023
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has filed a lawsuit against Media Matters, a watchdog group, which some legal experts believe goes against the First Amendment and could have negative consequences for Musk. The lawsuit accuses Media Matters of distorting the likelihood of ads appearing next to extremist content on X (formerly known as Twitter), causing major advertisers to suspend their campaigns. Legal experts argue that the lawsuit could backfire for X during the discovery phase, as Media Matters could demand internal information that may be damaging to the company. The lawsuit also admits that ads did appear next to extremist content, which weakens X's case. Despite skepticism about the lawsuit's strength, Musk's choice to file in a Texas court known to be favorable to his cause may allow the case to move forward. The question is whether this choice of venue can overcome the substantive shortcomings of the lawsuit. Media Matters has vowed to defend itself against the suit, and legal experts suggest their first course of action may be to try to move the case out of the Texas federal court. If the case remains in Texas, it may benefit X by preventing Media Matters from leveraging state laws in California and Washington, D.C. that limit litigation to suppress criticism.
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