The judge overseeing Twitter Inc's (TWTR.N) $44 billion lawsuit against Elon Musk has a no-nonsense reputation as well as the distinction of being one of the few jurists who has ever ordered a reluctant buyer to close a U.S. corporate merger.
Kathaleen McCormick took over the role of chancellor or chief judge of the Court of Chancery last year, the first woman in that role.
On Wednesday, she was assigned the Twitter lawsuit which seeks to force Musk to complete his defence.
"She already has a track record of not putting up with some of the worst behavior that we see in these areas when people want to get out of deals," said Adam Badawi, a law professor who specializes in corporate governance at the University of California Berkeley.
"She is a serious, no-nonsense judge."
In contrast to Musk's brash and volatile behavior, she is known as soft-spoken, approachable and amiable -- but a person who also stands her ground. She advocates respect among litigants and integrity at legal conferences.
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