Jonestown Defense

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DEFINITION of 'Jonestown Defense'

A defensive strategy by which the target company engages in an activity that might actually ruin the company rather than prevent the hostile takeover. Also known as a "suicide pill."

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Jonestown Defense'

The term refers to the 1978 Jonestown massacre, where a religious cult (the People's Temple) led by Jim Jones committed mass suicide in Guyana.

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