Parag Agarwal, Other Ousted Execs Sue Twitter
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) – Former Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, ex-legal head Vijaya Gadde and former chief financial officer Ned Segal have sued Elon Musk-run Twitter over unpaid legal bills more than $1 million.
In October last year, Musk informed Agrawal, Gadde and Segal that their employment with the company was terminated as he took control of the micro-blogging platform.
According to the latest lawsuit filed in the Delaware Chancery Court, the trio alleged that Twitter has to pay them more than $1 million for legal fees they incurred while at the company to respond to queries by the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission in several hearings.
Agrawal and Segal were named as defendants in the Securities Class Action in September while both were still working at Twitter.
Gadde was named as a defendant in the Securities Class Action in February this year, when plaintiffs in that action filed an Amended Class Action Complaint, according to the lawsuit.
“Their involvement in the Securities Class Action is by reason of their previous roles as officers of Twitter and accordingly Agrawal, Gadde, and Segal are entitled to advancement of Expenses incurred in connection therewith,” the lawsuit read.
According to the court filing, the trio incurred significant expenses, including but not limited to attorneys fees and costs, in connection with several proceedings in which plaintiffs are involved by virtue of their former roles as officers of Twitter, and “accordingly are entitled to advancement of those fees and costs”.
According to reports, these three top executives had an exit package of around $90-100 million when they left Twitter. Agrawal was set to receive the largest payout at around $40 million, largely due “to the entirety of his shares vesting upon his firing”. Segal was set to receive more than $25 million while Gadde, the then chief legal officer at Twitter, was to be richer by more than $13 million.
Here is why this is a ridiculous joke.
1) If Twitter wanted protection, they would have paid for a lawyer. Musk I think decided that Gadde had nothing to hide and should speak openly about Twitter and her time at Twitter. If Gadde took a lawyer to respond to the subpoena and paid for a lawyer, it is her choice and it is now for her to pay. A lawyer is not required as a witness to a hearing.
2) Twitter will not and should not protect an employee from their personal decisions, especially illegal and immoral decisions.
3) Musk may now be able to file a lawsuit for management’s failures to disclose bad information when he was negotiating to purchase the company. Gadde & party will hire lawyers and after years in court, if they are able to defend themselves, the court will ask Musk to pay their lawyer fees at court rates and not the $600 per hour.
This will be fun.April 11, 2023
All these guys are kulis , the inventors of google Microsoft , Twitter they all left and left behind caretakers. Twitter is doing fine with 60 percent less employees. These guys are just cry babiesApril 11, 2023
RAJENDIR K SHARMA
I am glad that they all received millions in compensation. So from that to pay a million for legal fees is not a big issue. However, while they were employed and the legal service were happening, then it becomes the then company’s liability (owners of twitter before sale).April 11, 2023