Elon Musk’s Twitter Says It Has Good Reason Not To Pay For The $200,000 Private Jet Trip: The Company Overcharged Us
Twitter Inc. hit back at a private jet supplier who sued over unpaid bills, saying the company overcharged for the social media giant’s head of marketing to fly. across the country in October to meet the upcoming new owner, Elon Musk.
Leslie Berland, Twitter’s then-marketing director, flew coast-to-coast round-trip on jets provided by Private Jet Services Group LLC on October 26 and 27, when Musk was in flight. completed the acquisition of this $44 billion platform. Berland was Musk’s primary contact and personally escorted him on a tour of Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters before returning to her New Jersey office.
Berland was laid off in early November, along with about half of Twitter’s workforce. When Private Jet Services charged $197,725 for Berland flights a few days later, Twitter denied the bill on the grounds that the flights had been booked by unauthorized employees.
In court papers filed Tuesday in New Hampshire federal court, Twitter complained that Private Jet Service overcharged the Berland ride, paying double the rate. depending on the type of aircraft used.
“Market prices for next-day, round-trip, coast-to-coast private jet charter services on midsize jets are estimated at 70,000 to,” the Twitter attorneys said. $96,000 and on large jets $88,000 to $156,000,” the Twitter attorneys said. “These ranges are significantly less” than the bill sent for Berland flights.
Twitter’s lawyers also claimed that the company didn’t have to pay because the charters were arranged by Berland’s executive assistant and by the executive assistant of then-Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal. According to the filing, neither employee is one of the four “designated representatives” named on Twitter’s contract as authorized bookers.
Since Musk’s purchase, Twitter has can’t pay Millions of dollars in rent for its San Francisco headquarters and London office, has been sued by multiple bidders for unpaid services and has auctioned everything from bird statues to espresso machines to Fundraising. He also openly floats bankruptcycited a massive drop in revenue as several advertisers fled the platform and cut staff since closing his leveraged acquisition.
The Private Jet Services complaint includes internal Twitter emails regarding the bill, including one sent by Agrawal’s aide indicating that the CEO had signed off on Berland’s charter costs because “a urgent needs in the week the agreement closes.”
However, Marty O’Neill, the Twitter executive who received that email, still denied the allegations saying, “The new management won’t budge.”
Twitter asked the New Hampshire judge to dismiss the complaint because the allegations were outside the bounds of the charter contract.
Timothy McLaughlin, an attorney for the charter company, did not immediately respond to a request for comment after regular business hours.
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