Written by Ashton Snyder on
 April 3, 2024

Trump Initiates Legal Battle Against Truth Social Co-Founders

In a significant legal move, Donald Trump has embarked on a lawsuit against Andy Litinsky and Wes Moss, the co-founders of Trump Media & Technology Group's parent company.

According to the Daily Mail, Trump asserts that their mismanagement and a legal wrangle over shares have led to financial repercussions for him as the company ventured into the public domain.

Donald Trump's involvement in legal battles is not a new storyline, yet the recent lawsuit against Andy Litinsky and Wes Moss in a Florida state court on March 24 adds a new chapter.

Public Debut and Stock Volatility

Trump Media & Technology Group, the parent entity of Truth Social, finds itself at the heart of a complex legal and financial narrative. The former president accuses Litinsky and Moss of botching the process to take the company public, a misstep that allegedly delayed the venture for more than a year.

Despite these challenges, Trump Media managed to go public through a merger with Digital World Acquisition in March. However, the aftermath of this transition has not been smooth sailing.

The company's shares have experienced significant volatility since their debut, with a closing price of $51.60 on a recent Tuesday. This volatility reflects the company's uncertain terrain, with a valuation swinging to $5.9 billion.

Litinsky and Moss retaliated in February with their lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery, aiming to shield their 8.6 percent stake in the company from being diluted by Trump's actions. Their counterclaim highlights a fierce battle over equity and the true value of their contributions to the company.

A Tumultuous Internal Climate

The internal dynamics within Trump Media & Technology Group appear even more turbulent. Andy Litinsky's claim that his dismissal from the board was a direct result of his refusal to surrender his equity, coupled with allegations that Trump threatened to "destroy the company" if his demands were not met, paints a picture of a fraught internal climate. Whistleblower Will Wilkerson brought these accusations to light, further complicating the narrative.

Wilkerson's involvement deepens the intrigue, with his whistleblower complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission in August 2022 highlighting potential internal malpractices. This complaint, coupled with Trump Media's reported financial struggles, including a $58 million loss last year, raises serious questions about the company's future viability.

The Financial Strain and Legal Quagmire

This financial strain is juxtaposed against the backdrop of Trump's personal legal challenges and the company's ambitious valuation at its NASDAQ debut.

The lock-up agreements involving key figures like Dan Scavino, Devin Nunes, and Donald Trump, Jr. underscore the intricate web of legal and financial entanglements surrounding the company.

The lawsuit and counter-lawsuit between Donald Trump and the co-founders of Trump Media & Technology Group underline a tumultuous phase for the company. Amidst allegations of mismanagement, legal disputes over shares, and the company's fluctuating stock prices, the saga encapsulates the challenges of transitioning a private venture into a public entity.

This legal battle highlights the complexities of corporate governance and casts a spotlight on the intricate dynamics at play within Trump's business empire. As the story unfolds, it remains to be seen how these disputes will be resolved and what implications they will have for the future of Trump Media & Technology Group.

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