Bitcoin 

Craig Wright Must Forfeit 50% of Bitcoin in Court Case

The protracted legal battle involving self-proclaimed Bitcoin (BTC) inventor Craig Wright and the estate of computer scientist David Kleiman could go in Keiman’s favor. According to a court audience member on Aug. 26, Judge Bruce Reinhart rejected Wright’s testimony, stating that he had perjured himself by providing the court with falsified documents and recommended that he hand over 50% of the over 1 million bitcoins Kleiman mined with Wright as well as intellectual property rights associated with Bitcoin’s software. The case began in February 2018 when lawyers filed the case…

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Blockchain 

Judge Rejects Multimillion Dollar Asset Plea in Crypto Fraud Case

A Supreme Court judge in British Columbia (BC), Canada, has denied a motion to set aside an asset freeze, which was requested by the defendants in a multimillion dollar cryptocurrency fraud case. The defendants had filed to set aside an interim preservation order that was issued by the British Columbia Civil Forfeiture Office in order to prevent case-related assets from being sold or accumulating debt. Vancouver news daily The Province reported the ruling on Aug. 19. According to the report, the defendants, Lisa Angela Cheng and Kevin Patrick Hobbs, stand…

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Bitcoin 

BTC-e’s Vinnik Case Drags on as New Accusations Continue Emerging

On July 25, 2019, United States prosecutors filed a complaint against the defunct cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e and its alleged former operator, Alexander Vinnik. The indictment was filed nearly 24 months after Vinnik was arrested in Greece while on holiday with his family and has followed numerous extradition requests from the U.S., France and Russia that have seen Vinnik’s case appear to morph from an investigation into alleged money laundering to a tug-of-war over a strategic intelligence asset between the U.S. and Russia. Vinnik’s arrest in July 2017 On July 26,…

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Bitcoin 

Grayscale Argues BTC Hedges, With US-China Trade War As Case Study

Grayscale Investments, a digital assets investment firm that offers Bitcoin (BTC) trust shares, has published a case study on how BTC could be used as a hedge against financial instability. The firm used the case of trade tensions between the United States and China to make their point. Grayscale Investments linked to its study in an official blog post on Aug. 8. According to Grayscale’s analysis, they believe that BTC’s store of value potential, its spending characteristics and its potential for growth with new technology poise the original cryptocurrency as…

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Bitcoin 

Multiple Metrics Make the Bullish Case for Bitcoin

Bitcoin (BTC) remains bullish and a multitude of metrics support this claim.  Is this a trend reversal?  Over the past week investors’ short-term sentiments about Bitcoin’s prospects appear to have improved. While last week’s market update made the case for why top investors and analysts are overwhelmingly bullish on Bitcoin’s predicted long-term price action, the fall from $13,800 to $9,100 did shake retail investors confidence for the short term.  Prior resistance levels that were obliterated throughout Bitcoin’s ascension from $4,000 to $13,800 proved to be weak support and many investors…

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Blockchain 

Canadian Judge Approves $1.6M in EY, Legal Firm Fees in QuadrigaCX Case

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Canada, has approved over $1.6 million in fees for parties seeking funds from former Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX, according to recently released court documents. Justice Darlene Jamieson ordered to approve the activities, fees and disbursements incurred by the Monitor — Big Four audit firm EY — in the ongoing proceedings of QuadrigaCX.  The exchange ostensibly lost access to its cold wallet holdings following the death of its founder, Gerald Cotten, in December 2018, and now owes over $198.4 million to an estimated 115,000 users.…

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Ethereum 

Judge Rules to Extend Bitfinex and iFinex Case in New York

Justice Joel M. Cohen of the New York Supreme Court (NYSC) has ruled to extend the preliminary injunction in the ongoing case of crypto exchange Bitfinex and Tether’s parent company, iFinex, against the New York Attorney General (NYAG), on July 29. Cohen reportedly decided to give a 90 day extension to the case, which apparently means that OAG can continue investigating. Lawyers of Tether tried to appeal to dismiss the motion immediately, but Cohen rejected their appeal. Speaking before the court, iFinex also argued that the court does not have…

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Blockchain 

Crypto Exchanges Dragged Into Major Anti-Corruption Case

Four individuals allegedly involved in hacking the cell phones of Brazil’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro regularly used Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies, Cointelegraph Brazil reported on July 25. On July 23, the Federal Police of Brazil arrested four individuals who allegedly hacked Moro’s cell phones while he was acting as a judge in the Operation Car Wash case involving former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.   Operation Car Wash is a major criminal money laundering investigation initiated by Moro, which further expanded to allegations of corruption at major Brailizan petroleum…

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Blockchain 

Court Calls on Craig Wright’s Wife to Testify in Ongoing Kleiman Case

Judge Bruce Reinhart, who is overseeing the ongoing Kleiman v. Wright case, has requested international assistance in order to call Ramona Watts, Craig Wright’s wife, to the stand. Judge Reinhart sent his request to the Senior Master of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in Strand, London, according to a court filing dated July 22. As per the filing, Judge Reinhart sent the request because he believes that the witnesses being called — three in total — have directly relevant evidence pursuant to the case.  Regarding Watts, Reinhart wrote…

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Ethereum 

Judge Denies AT&T Request for Dismissal in $224M SIM Swap Crypto Case

The federal judge overseeing Terpin v. AT&T — a legal battle pertaining to stolen crypto via SIM-swapping that has been going on for almost a year — has denied the telecom giant’s motion for dismissal. As previously reported by Cointelegraph, investor Michael Terpin had sued AT&T for $224 million. Terpin reportedly lost $24 million as a result of theft, and is seeking an additional $200 million in punitive damages. Terpin claims that he lost the foregoing assets in two hacks within seven months, due to the telecom provider’s alleged cooperation…

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