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    USA v. Daren Li et al: Criminal Indictment (‘$73M Crypto Laundering’)

    Criminal Complaint alleging money laundering involving accounts at Bahamas-based Deltec Bank & Trust in USA v. Daren Li, described as a citizen of China and Saint Kitts and Nevis residing in Cambodia, China, and the United Arab Emirates, and Yicheng Zhang, described as a citizen of China residing in Los Angeles, California, USA, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Deelish Brands Pte. Ltd.: Chapter 15 Petition (Singapore)

    Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Singapore by Chen Li shan, as the Foreign Representative of Deelish Brands Pte. Ltd., which "was in the business of managing cafés", filed at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

    Patrick McKillen et al v. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim: Discovery Application (France)

    Application by Patrick McKillen and Hume Street Management Consultants Limited, both of Ireland, to take discovery from Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber bin Mohammed bin Thani Al Thani, described as "the former Minister for Foreign Affairs in Qatar", for use in legal proceedings in France "related to the development of a luxury hotel at 231, Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris, France", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    USA v. Razer Inc. et al: Complaint (‘False Marketing’)

    Complaint alleging "deceptive advertising and misinformation" that "posed a risk to public health and safety" in USA v. Razer Inc., of the Cayman Islands; Razer (Asia-Pacific) Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, Razer USA Ltd., and Razer Health Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    1inMM Capital, LLC v. Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment SpA et al: Petition to Confirm Foreign Arbitration Award ($1.2M)

    Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award in Michele Vives, as Federal Equity Receiver of 1inMM Capital LLC, its subsidiaries and affiliates, including Rogue Black, LLC and Minamata Film, LLC v. Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment SpA, of Rome, Italy, and Orion Releasing LLC, of California, USA, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Sana Abudawood et al v. Eleanor de Leon et al: TRO Application (‘Saudi Arabia Enforcement Proceedings’)

    Emergency Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause "to enjoin Respondents Eleanor De Leon and Alaa Abudawood from trying to thwart the Court’s orders by initiating enforcement proceedings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" in Sana Ismail Abudawood, Ayman Ismail Abudawood, Anas Ismail Abudawood, and Salwa Ismail Abudawood v. Eleanor de Leon and Alaa Abudawood at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Storyteller Production Co., LLC v. Audient Capital GP Ltd. et al: Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award ($17.7M)

    Petition to Confirm Arbitration Award in Storyteller Production Co., LLC, which "is in the business of developing, producing, and distributing theatrical motion pictures and other entertainment content under the Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures, and Amblin Television banners" v. Audient Capital GP Ltd., described as a Cayman Islands company based in Australia, and Audient Global Investment Fund I, LP, of the Cayman Islands, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    USA v. Alexander Smirnov: Criminal Indictment (‘FBI Informant Fraud’)

    Criminal Indictment alleging false statement and creating a false and fictitious record involving the "Ukrainian industrial conglomerate Burisma Holdings, Limited" and "the Obama-Biden Administration" in USA v. Alexander Smirnov at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    SBK ART LLC v. Houlihan Lokey: Discovery Application (Malta)

    Application by SBK ART LLC, "which used to be a subsidiary of Sberbank of Russia, and which was acquired by Dubai businessman Saif Alketbi on October 31, 2022", to take discovery from Houlihan Lokey, described as a "Los Angeles-based global investment bank", for use in legal proceedings in Malta alleging that Open Pass Limited, described as a Malta-domiciled company whose "key ultimate owner ... is a Croatian tycoon, Mr. Pavao Vujnovac”, and the management of Fortenova Group, described as "a major food and retail company based in Zagreb, Croatia" that "has annual revenues that exceed 5 billion Euro and employs more than 40,000 people”, engaged in a scheme “to fraudulently remove SBK ART from its rightful ownership in the Fortenova Group", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Vitaly Smagin v. CMB Monaco et al: Second Amended Complaint (‘$170M Fraud’)

    Second Amended Complaint in Vitaly Ivanovich Smagin, described as a citizen and resident of Russia v. Compagnie Monégasque de Banque, a.k.a. CMB Bank, of Monaco; Ashot Yegiazaryan, a.k.a. Ashot Egiazaryan, described as "a Russian criminal on the Interpol “Red” list living amongst us in a luxury estate in Beverly Hills as a citizen of California"; Suren Yegiazaryan, a.k.a. Suren Egiazarian; Artem Yegiazaryan, a.k.a. Artem Egiazaryan; Stephan Yegiazaryan, a.k.a. Stephan Egiazaryan; Vitaly Gogokhia, described as a resident of London, England; Natalia Dozortseva, described as a citizen of Russia residing in France; Murielle Jouniaux, described as a resident of France; Alexis Gaston Thielen, described as a resident of Luxembourg; Ratnikov Evgeny Nikolaevich, described as a citizen of Russia who "falsely and fraudulently held himself out to be an impartial Russian bankruptcy officer overseeing Plaintiff’s bankruptcy filing in Russia"; H. Edward Ryals, described as a lawyer residing in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, and Prestige Trust Company, Ltd., described as "a Nevis company" whose "managing director, Stevyn L. Bartlette, is an individual residing in Florida", at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Ahmet Yayla et al v. Refinitiv US LLC et al: First Amended Class Action Complaint (‘World-Check Database Fraud’)

    First Amended Class Action Complaint alleging fraud, RICO, and defamation brought on behalf of those "who have been identified by the Defendants as terrorists, and in some instances denied access to various financial websites and accounts because of the actions of the Defendants in listing Plaintiffs and the members of the proposed classes as terrorists on a subscription-only database-product, known as ‘World-Check’” based on information “generated by the Turkish government, which the U.S. government has disparaged” in Ahmet S. Yayla, Selcuk Atak, Murat Kalyoncu, Huseyin Mercan, and Mevlut Hilmi Cinar, all described as "former residents of Turkey" currently residing in the United States v. Refinitiv US LLC, Refinitiv US Organization LLC, Refinitiv Limited, of England; Global World-Check Holdings (Nominee) Ltd., of England, and London Stock Exchange Group Plc, of England, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Murchinson Ltd. v. The Donerail Group LP: Discovery Application (Israel)

    Application by Murchinson Ltd., described as "an investment manager based in Toronto, Canada", to take discovery from The Donerail Group LP for use in legal proceedings in Israel involving Nano Dimension, Ltd., described as "an Israeli manufacturing company", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Vitaly Smagin v. CMB Monaco et al: First Amended Complaint (‘$165M Fraud’)

    First Amended Complaint in Vitaly Ivanovich Smagin, described as a citizen and resident of Russia v. Compagnie Monégasque de Banque, a.k.a. CMB Bank, of Monaco; Ashot Yegiazaryan, a.k.a. Ashot Egiazaryan, described as "a Russian criminal on the Interpol “Red” list living amongst us in a luxury estate in Beverly Hills as a citizen of California"; Suren Yegiazaryan, a.k.a. Suren Egiazarian; Artem Yegiazaryan, a.k.a. Artem Egiazaryan; Stephan Yegiazaryan, a.k.a. Stephan Egiazaryan; Vitaly Gogokhia, described as a resident of London, England; Natalia Dozortseva, described as a citizen of Russia residing in France; Murielle Jouniaux, described as a resident of France; Alexis Gaston Thielen, described as a resident of Luxembourg; Ratnikov Evgeny Nikolaevich, and H. Edward Ryals, described as a lawyer residing in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Stephen Merritt v. Barclays Bank Plc et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Jeffrey Epstein-Related Securities Fraud’)

    Class Action Complaint alleging securities fraud regarding alleged statements about the relationship between Jeffrey Epstein, described as "an American financier and a sex offender", and James 'Jes' Staley, described as Barclays Plc's "Group Chief Executive from December 1, 2015 to October 31, 2021", in Stephen Merritt v. Barclays Bank Plc, of England; James E. Staley, a.k.a. Jes Staley; Tushar Morzaria, C.S. Venkatakrishnan, and Anna Cross at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Rock Villanueva v. GigaCloud Technology Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Securities Fraud’)

    Class Action Complaint in Rock Villanueva v. GigaCloud Technology Inc., described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, Hong Kong-based operator of "an end-to-end ecommerce platform for global trade services of heavy and large products, primarily furniture"; Larry Lei Wu, Kwok Hei David Lau, Xin Wan, Frank Lin, Xing Huang, and Aegis Capital Corp. at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Oksana Kiritchenko v. Citicorp et al: Discovery Application (Bulgaria)

    Application by Oksana Kiritchenko to take discovery from Citicorp North America, Inc., U.S. Bancorp., J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Bank of America, Pacific Western Bank, LogiX Federal Credit Union, Wells Fargo Bank, and Richard Ploesch for use in legal proceedings in Bulgaria, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    USA v. Samvel Grigoryan et al: Criminal Complaint (‘Unlicensed Crypto Money Transmitter coinexchange.am’)

    Criminal Complaint alleging the defendants "engaged in unlicensed money transmitting business [coinexchange.am], in that they are exchanging cryptocurrency for funds in the form of United States currency, charging a fee as a percentage of the amount of the transfer" in USA v. Samvel Grigoryan and Hayk Martirosyan, both citizens of Armenia, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    USA v. Assets Belonging to Glen Vine Partners Ltd. (BVI) at ONE Swiss Bank S.A. et al: Forfeiture Complaint (‘1MDB Fraud’)

    Forfeiture Complaint regarding "assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to, among other things, launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (“1MDB”), a strategic investment and development company wholly-owned by the government of Malaysia", in USA v. Pablo Picasso's 'Trois femmes nues et buste d'homme' drawing and All Funds and Assets on deposit in an account in the name of Glen Vine Partners Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, at ONE Swiss Bank S.A., in Switzerland, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    SEC v. Andrew Waters et al: Complaint (‘Securities Fraud’)

    Complaint alleging securities fraud regarding "his private sale of restricted common stock in ECom Products Group Corporation, a Florida corporation that purportedly owns, consolidates, and manages e-commerce platforms" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Andrew Wyles Waters, a citizen of Australia, as Defendant, and Helen Q. Waters, a citizen of Australia, as Relief Defendant, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    SEC v. Christopher Slaga et al: Complaint (‘$3.5M Securities Fraud’)

    Complaint regarding "Defendants’ scheme that raised approximately $3.5 million from at least 17 investors through a fraudulent and unregistered securities offering" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Christopher Slaga, a.k.a. Keith Renko, described as a resident of Barbados; Q4 Capital Group LLC, J4 Capital Advisors LLC, and Hayden Greene at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Danielle Yoshimura v. Virgin Group Ltd. et al: First Amended Class Action Complaint (‘COVID Refund Fraud’)

    First Amended Class Action Complaint "that arises out of Defendants’ deceptive practices in connection with its flights, including: the airline’s refusal to refund consumers for covid-induced cancellations, and Defendants’ issuing travel funds for non-existent flights and implementing an expiration date on “Travel Bank” funds" in Danielle Yoshimura v. Virgin Group Limited, of England; Virgin Holdings Limited, of England, and Bain Capital LP, of USA, at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Larry Bergmann v. GDS Holdings Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Securities Fraud’)

    Class Action Complaint in Larry Bergmann v. GDS Holdings Limited, described as a Cayman Islands-domiciled, China-based company that "purports to be "a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China and South East Asia""; William Wei Huang, and Daniel Newman at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Ahmet Yayla et al v. Refinitiv US LLC et al: Class Action Complaint (‘World-Check Database’)

    Class Action Complaint alleging fraud, RICO, and defamation brought on behalf of those "who have been identified by the Defendants as a terrorist, and in some instances denied access to various financial websites and accounts because of the actions of the Defendants in listing those persons on a terrorist watch list generated by the Turkish government, which the U.S. government has disparaged" in Ahmet S. Yayla, Selcuk Atak, and Murat Kalyoncu, all described as "former residents of Turkey" currently residing in the United States v. Refinitiv US LLC, described as the U.S.-based operating arm of a group whose products include a 'Know Your Customer' database product known as World-Check, and Does 1-10 at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Legendz Entertainment LLC et al v. CAM Specialty Lending 1 Ltd. et al: Second Amended Complaint (‘Boxing Financing’)

    Second Amended Complaint alleging “fraudulent inducement” regarding “a contractual dispute between Plaintiffs and Defendants who entered into a written agreement for the financing of the promotion of a World Boxing Council junior welterweight title bout between top ranked boxers Regis Prograis and Jose Zepeda” in Legendz Entertainment LLC and Cinematic LLC v. CAM Specialty Lending 1 Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Crescendo Capital SA, of Switzerland; Crescendo Asset Management LLC, and Brian Weiner at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Arshad Assofi et al v. Donald Basile et al: Second Amended Complaint (‘$15M Bitcoin Latinum Crypto Fraud’)

    Second Amended Complaint alleging a crypto-based securities fraud in Arshad Assofi and Assofi Inc. v. Donald Basile, GIBF GP Inc., d.b.a. Bitcoin Latinum, of Delaware; GIBF GP (Cayman Islands) Ltd., Monsoon Blockchain Corporation, of Delaware; JDLB Ritz Miami LLC, of Delaware; Jean Luxe Inc., of Delaware; Christopher Basile, and Jodee Lemon at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Silver Screen Films Inc. v. Hollywood Media Venture LLC et al: First Amended Complaint (‘Fraudulent Movie Financing Scheme’)

    Complaint alleging “a fraudulent movie financing scheme” in Silver Screen Films Inc., formerly Silver Screen Finance Inc., of the Cayman Islands v. Hollywood Media Venture LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures I LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures II LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures Holdings LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures Holdings II LLC, Hollywood Media Ventures Management LLC, Hollywood Media Venture Partners LLC, Hollywood Media Venture Productions I LLC, Production Capital LLC, Production Capital Corp., Burgee & Abramoff P.C., Knightsbridge Entertainment Inc., Base FX Productions Switzerland AG, of Switzerland; Kevin Robl, Remington William Chase, Robert William Abramoff, and Mohamed Shaaban at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Legendz Entertainment LLC et al v. CAM Specialty Lending 1 Ltd. et al: First Amended Complaint (‘Boxing Financing’)

    First Amended Complaint alleging "fraudulent inducement" regarding "a contractual dispute between Plaintiffs and Defendants who entered into a written agreement for the financing of the promotion of a World Boxing Council junior welterweight title bout between top ranked boxers Regis Prograis and Jose Zepeda" in Legendz Entertainment LLC and Cinematic LLC v. CAM Specialty Lending 1 Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Crescendo Capital SA, of Switzerland; Crescendo Asset Management LLC, and Brian Weiner at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    Legendz Entertainment LLC et al v. CAM Specialty Lending 1 Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘Boxing Financing’)

    Complaint alleging "fraudulent inducement" regarding "a contractual dispute between Plaintiffs and Defendants who entered into a written agreement for the financing of the promotion of a World Boxing Council junior welterweight title bout between top ranked boxers Regis Prograis and Jose Zepeda" in Legendz Entertainment LLC and Cinematic LLC v. CAM Specialty Lending 1 Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Crescendo Capital SA, of Switzerland; Crescendo Asset Management LLC, and Brian Weiner at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

    SEC v. Charles Winn LLC et al: Complaint (‘$8.5M Fine Wine Securities Fraud’)

    Complaint alleging "a fraudulent investment scheme involving fine wine" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Charles Winn LLC, of Delaware; Aaron David Scott-Britten, a.k.a. Aaron David, Aaron Scott, and Aaron David K. Britten, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in London, England; Ohran Emmanuel Stewart, a.k.a. Elliott Stewart, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in London, England; Casey Alexander, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in London, England, and Charlie Jake Smith, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in London, England at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.