Bruce Rosen Quoted in Law360 Discussing Impact on In-house Counsel of Elon Musk’s Purchase of Twitter
Bruce Rosen, partner at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was quoted in the Law360 article “How Does Musk’s Buying Twitter Affect Its Legal Department.” The article discusses the impact of the acquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk, and the changes that it may bring.
Bruce Rosen, a commercial and First Amendment lawyer who has worked with several media companies and their in-house lawyers, told Law360 on Tuesday that he knows the anxiety of such changes because outside counsel experience them too when there is a shift in general counsel that could lead to a company using different law firms.
"It's not pleasant," said Rosen, a partner at New Jersey-based Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC, who said he has tried to help inside counsel find new jobs in the past. "They are human. It's a scary time, especially in this media environment."
However, Rosen added, he does not expect Twitter's chief legal officer to have any problem finding another position, if she wants one given her severance package.
Rosen of Pashman Stein said it will be Twitter's outside counsel and the higher-ups in its law department, especially if they don't have severance packages, who will be subject to the most changes.
"Whomever Musk sends in there will be marching to his drumbeat," Rosen said. "He has an army of lawyers who know how he works, and he'll want them in place, especially for the changes he has promised for Twitter."
The article further notes that Musk has indicated that he wants Twitter to be free from restraints, despite the efforts of the current legal department to eliminate disinformation and hate speech from the site.
"It appears that Mr. Musk believes no one should be muzzled — no matter how they lie or incite — and so we will see if that means that Donald Trump and everyone else banished for misinformation or incitement of some kind can return to the platform," Rosen said.
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