(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 3, 2020 Tesla CEO Elon Musk talks to media as he arrives to visit the construction site of the future US electric car giant Tesla, in Gruenheide near Berlin. - The court battle between Elon Musk and Twitter kicked off on July 19, 2022, as the social media firm tries to force the entrepreneur to honor their $44 billion buyout deal. The first hearing will center on Twitter's push to set a trial date for as early as September in a case that has massive stakes for both parties. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Twitter wants its shareholders to vote on Elon Musk’s takeover of the service in mid-September – although the tech billionaire has declared the deal to be terminated. Twitter scheduled a September 13 shareholders’ meeting followed by a vote, according to SEC filings.

Tesla boss Musk announced in April that he wanted to buy Twitter for around $44 billion. Twitter initially resisted, but shortly thereafter the company’s board of directors signed a takeover agreement with the tech billionaire. Just a few weeks later, however, he declared the deal on hold and eventually backed out in early July.

Twitter is seeking a court ruling in the US state that obliges Musk to complete the acquisition at the agreed price of $54.20 per share. That would be an attractive deal for many shareholders: the stock closed at $39.34 on Tuesday.