United States District Court for the Central District of California

Nouvel LLC v. Brad Pitt et al: Discovery Application

Application by Nouvel LLC, a California company that, until last year, was the "holding company" of actress Angelina Jolie, to take discovery from William Bradley Pitt, an actor and Angelina Jolie's former husband; Mondo Bongo LLC, described as a California company that is Brad Pitt's "holding company", and Warren Grant, described as "Mr. Pitt's agent and a purported current director of Chateau Miraval", for use in legal proceedings in France and Luxembourg involving Chateau Miraval, described as "a 700-acre estate in the south of France that produces what Wine Spectator magazine has called 'the best rosé in the world'", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Ryan Huegerich v. Floyd Mayweather Jr. et al: Class Action Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud involving "a scheme among various individuals in the cryptocurrency sector to misleadingly promote and sell the digital asset associated with EthereumMax (the EMAX Tokens) to unsuspecting investors" in Ryan Huegerich v. Steve Gentile, Giovanni Perone, Justin French, Kimberly Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Paul Pierce at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Roger Zierenberg v. John Doe: Complaint (‘$434K Crypto Theft’)

Complaint alleging the loss of "$434,586 worth of cryptocurrency in a digital hacking theft" of his account at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange in Roger Zierenberg, a resident of Moorpark, California v. John Doe at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Mobiloxx Europe GmbH v. General Finance Corporation et al: Discovery Application

Application by Mobiloxx Europe GmbH, of Germany, to take discovery from General Finance Group Inc. and "current or former officers and directors of General Finance Group Inc., including Marc Perez and Ron Valenta" for use in legal proceedings in Germany, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Jose Flores v. Coinbase Global Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging a cryptocurrency exchange did not allow a client to realize "big gains" from trading in a "stable-coin running on Ethereum" known as GYEN, in Jose Flores v. Coinbase Global Inc. and Coinbase Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of California.

SEC v. Mohammed Pithapurwala et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "unlawful insider trading in the securities of Snap Inc." in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Mohammed Pithapurwala, of California; Ammar Kutiyanawalla, of India, and Alifiya Kutiyanawalla, of California, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Direct Lending Investments LLC et al v. Shinhan Bank Co. Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint to avoid a "fraudulent transfer" of $166 million regarding an allegedly fraudulent investment schemes involving, inter alia, funds in the Cayman Islands, Delaware, and Nevada in Bradley D. Sharp, as the Permanent Receiver for the Estate of Direct Lending Investments LLC, Direct Lending Income Fund LP, Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd., DLI Capital Inc., DLI Lending Agent LLC, and DLI Assets Bravo LLC and their successors, subsidiaries and affiliated entities v. Shinhan Bank Co. Ltd., Kookmin Bank Co. Ltd., Korea Securities Finance Corporation, Goldenbridge Asset Management Co. Ltd., JB Asset Management Co., Ltd., Korea Alternative Investment Asset Management Corporation, all of South Korea, and 33 Fund Defendants at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Direct Lending Investments LLC et al v. Daishin Securities Co. Ltd.: Complaint

Complaint to avoid a "fraudulent transfer" of $49.7 million regarding an allegedly fraudulent investment schemes involving, inter alia, funds in the Cayman Islands, Delaware, and Nevada in Bradley D. Sharp, as the Permanent Receiver for the Estate of Direct Lending Investments LLC, Direct Lending Income Fund LP, Direct Lending Income Feeder Fund Ltd., DLI Capital Inc., DLI Lending Agent LLC, and DLI Assets Bravo LLC and their successors, subsidiaries and affiliated entities v. Daishin Securities Co. Ltd., of South Korea, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

AXA Seguros SA de CV v. St. Vincent Medical Center et al: Discovery Application

Application by AXA Seguros SA de CV, described as "a Mexican insurance company and a subsidiary of AXA S.A., the French parent company of one of the largest insurance groups in the world", to take discovery from St. Vincent Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for use in legal proceedings in Mexico involving Irma Gomez Pruneda, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Rolloco Holdings Inc. et al v. Baker & Hostetler LLP: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud regarding an investment "of $2.81M in a purported condominium development project to be built in Desert Hot Springs, California" in Rolloco Holdings Inc., of Canada; Cathy Rollo, and Tony Rollo at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Faycal Rafiq: Extradition Complaint

Complaint to extradite Faycal Rafiq from the USA to the United Kingdom to face allegations of fraud, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Carl Jensen et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "an ongoing offering fraud" involving "Chinese and Mexican and bearer bonds" that "has raised over $7 million from more than 75 investors" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Carl Jensen, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Australia, and Stephen W. Gold, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in California, as Defendants, and Kerry Margolis, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Germany, and Michael Hock, described as a citizen of the United States residing in California, as Relief Defendants, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Brian Kang et al v. Hybrid Trade Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging theft, misappropriation, and securities fraud regarding the raising of $50 million "from investors based around the world, including within the United States" from the sale of "digital tokens" that were "neither registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission nor qualified for any exemption from registration with the SEC, thereby depriving investors of the benefit of the disclosures required by the federal securities laws" in Brian Kang, Skyblock LLC, Mid-Wilshire Consulting LLC, Prasad Hurra, David Kim, Blue Rock Group, Artemio Verduzo, David Kwon, and Young Jae Kwon v. Hybrid Trade Limited, described as operating from addresses in Hong Kong, Malta, and Singapore; Asia Digital Asset Exchange, described as operating from an address in Cyprus; Allysian Sciences, Apolo Ohno, a former Olympic speed skating champion; Rod Jao, Eugenio Pugliese, and Henry Liu at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Stephen Puleo et al v. Burgundy 523 Offshore Fund Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud by 122 investors, "many of whom are senior citizens", who are "among 261 individuals, who collectively invested $75.5 million to buy interests in a student housing project in reliance on a series of false statements in the offering documents made by the sponsor of the offering and a financier that facilitated the offering" in Stephen Puleo et al v. Patrick Nelson, of California; Nelson Partners LLC, of Utah; Axonic Capital LLC, of Delaware; Clayton Degiancinto, of New York; AxSPV LLC Series NB CRE Lender, of Delaware; AxSPV LLC Series SBL CRE Lender, of Delaware; AxSPV LLC Series ACO CRE Lender, of Delaware; Burgundy 523 Offshore Fund Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; Axonic Special Opportunities SBL Master Fund LP, of Delaware, and Axonic Credit Opportunities Master Fund LP, of the Cayman Islands, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Uulala Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "the fraudulent and unregistered offer and sale of digital asset securities known as UULA tokens" that raised "more than $9 million from over a thousand investors" in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Uulala Inc., Oscar Garcia, and Matthew Loughran at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Uulala Inc.: Proposed Settlement

Consent to Judgment of Uulala Inc. in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Uulala Inc., Oscar Garcia, and Matthew Loughran at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Matthew Loughran: Proposed Settlement

Consent to Judgment of Matthew Loughran in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Uulala Inc., Oscar Garcia, and Matthew Loughran at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

SEC v. Oscar Garcia: Proposed Settlement

Consent to Judgment of Oscar Garcia in U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Uulala Inc., Oscar Garcia, and Matthew Loughran at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Monel Herscovici: Complaint

Complaint "to reduce FBAR penalty to judgment" regarding bank accounts in Liechtenstein and Switzerland in USA v. Monel Herscovici at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Alger II Dynamic Opportunities Fund – Weatherbie Capital et al v. Stamps.com Inc. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging securities fraud in Alger II Dynamic Opportunities Fund - Weatherbie Capital; Alger SICAV - Alger Dynamic Opportunities Fund - Weatherbie Capital; Alger SICAV - Alger Small Cap Focus Fund; Alger SICAV - Alger Weatherbie Specialized Growth Fund; Alger Small Cap Focus Fund; Alger Weatherbie Specialized Growth Fund; Alger Weatherbie Specialized Growth Portfolio; Weatherbie Growth Fund L.P.; and Weatherbie Long/Short Fund, L.P. v. Stamps.com Inc., Kenneth McBride, Kyle Huebner, and Jeff Carberry at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Bonnie Franklin v. DiDi Global Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Bonnie L. Franklin v. DiDi Global Inc., described as a Cayman Islands company that "is often called 'the Uber of China' and "purports to be a mobility technology platform, providing ride hailing and other services in the People's Republic of China, Brazil, Mexico, and internationally"; Will Wei Cheng, Jean Qing Liu, Stephen Jingshi Zhu, Alan Yue Zhuo, Colleen A. DeVries, Cogency Global Inc., Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, and JPMorgan Securities LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

K-fee System GmbH v. Nespresso USA et al: Discovery Application

Application by K-fee System GmbH to take discovery from Nespresso USA and Nestlé Holdings, Inc., d.b.a. Nestlé USA, Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Austria, France, and Germany, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Jeremy McAlpine et al: Criminal Information

Criminal Information alleging securities fraud involving initial coin offerings and Belize-domiciled Dropil Inc. in USA v. Jeremy David McAlpine and Zachary Michael Matar at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Jeremy McAlpine: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding an allegedly fraudulent digital assets scheme involving Belize-domiciled Dropil Inc. in USA v. Jeremy David McAlpine at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Zachary Matar: Plea Agreement

Plea Agreement regarding an allegedly fraudulent digital assets scheme involving Belize-domiciled Dropil Inc. in USA v. Zachary Michael Matar at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

2770095 Ontario Inc. v. Jaspreet Mathur et al: Discovery Application

Application by 2770095 Ontario Inc., of Canada, which was "created for the purpose of pursuing collection of the liquidated loss of US$1,110,000 suffered by Affinitas Medios de Pago S.A.P.I de C.V., a Mexican corporation", to take discovery from Jaspreet Mathur, a.k.a. Jas Mathur, and eMblaze ONE Inc. for use in legal proceedings in Ontario, Canada alleging fraud involving Maxwell Morgan, Tricia Edwards, and related entities, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Dignity Corp. v. CryptoDadi et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "fraudulent and harassing behavior" in Dignity Corp., described as a Delaware-domiciled, New York-based company whose principals are Stephen Braverman and Kent Swig v. Does, including those using "the Twitter handles @CryptoDadi_, @StillNoGold, @MrSmileyBrave, @BravermanSteve, @CryptoShadyyy, @ConmanSteve, @SteveBrave3l_, @SteveBraverman, @CapRforSimon, @DnbDig, @TroyJamesh0gg, @McNicholas, @Maarten89NL, @Maarten_Marteen, @DBokhem, @mostwnted1, and @PRNewswire_" and "the fake names "Soren Christiansen" and "Simon Hoedemaker" on Telegram", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Trajkovski Invest AB et al v. I.Am.Plus Electronics, Inc.: Petition to Enforce Foreign Arbitral Award

Redacted Petition for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Award in Trajkovski Invest AB, OPK Holding AB, Linden Invent AB, CapMate Aktiebolag, Granitor Invest AB, LMK Forward AB, LUSAM Invest AB, Midroc Finans AB, Muirfield Ventures AB, Råsunda Förvaltning Aktiebolag, Expassum Holding AB, Christian Ask, Christian Månsson, Jimmie Landerman, Johan Kjell, Jussi Ax, and Martin Bengtsson, all of Sweden v. I.Am.Plus Electronics, Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled, California-based company "founded by William James Adams, also known as will.i.am, a professional rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and founder and lead member of the music group The Black Eyed Peas", at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Ryan Akky v. Phemex Financial Pte Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "significant losses" suffered by a cryptocurrency trader "due to persistent software flaws" in a "Singapore-based cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform" in Ryan Akky, of California v. Phemex Financial Pte Ltd. and Phemex Financial Pte Ltd., both of Singapore, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

betapharm Arzneimittel GmbH v. Amgen Inc.: Discovery Application

Application by betapharm Arzneimittel GmbH, of Germany, to take discovery from Amgen Inc., of Delaware, "for use in German patent infringement actions and opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Paid Search Engine Tools LLC v. Eric Schmidt: Discovery Application

Application by Paid Search Engine Tools LLC to take discovery from Eric Schmidt for use in legal proceedings in Canada involving Google Canada Corporation, Google LLC, and Alphabet Inc., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Hapag-Lloyd AG v. M/V ONE APUS: Discovery Application (April 30, 2021)

Ex Parte Application by Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft, of Germany, to take discovery from the Master of M/V ONE APUS, a "Japanese-flagged containership" that "was en route from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when something went wrong and the ship lost at least 843 containers overboard", for use in legal proceedings in Germany, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Mare Dey Import and Export Trading Co. Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Funds held at Hang Sang Bank, of Hong Kong, in the name of Mare Dey Import and Export Trading Co. that are associated with "an investigation of a money laundering/drug trafficking conspiracy whose members included Jorge Hugo Zavala-Lopez, Abel Bustamante-Duran also known as Prieto, Hong Zeng also known as Alondra China, Marco Antonio Mendez-Guzman aka Acelerin, Rafael Omar Cruz-Valedon aka Parce, an individual whose first and last name are unknown and is also known as Alvarez, Erick Giovanny Garcia also known as Juanito, Diana Quiroz Garcia, Juan Carlos Arreola and Ramon Antonio Lopez-Llamas" at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Stephanie Marn v. Amdocs Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Stephanie Louise Marn v. Amdocs Limited, described as a Guernsey company that "provides software and services to communications, cable and satellite, entertainment, and media industry service providers worldwide" and whose shares are listed on NASDAQ; Shuky Sheffer, Eli Gelman, and Tamar Rapaport-Dagim at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Beazley Underwriting Ltd. v. Fitness International LLC: Complaint

Complaint "for a determination concerning whether Fitness International is entitled to business income coverage and/or coverage for property damage for its claimed COVID-19 losses and/or the extent to which payment may be owed" in Beazley Underwriting Ltd., of England v. Fitness International LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

HMM Co. Ltd. v. Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. et al: Discovery Application

Ex Parte Application by HMM Co. Ltd., of South Korea, to take discovery from Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd., of Singapore; Chidori Ship Holding LLC, Jessica Ship Holding SA, of Panama, and NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, for use in legal proceedings in South Korea and a London Maritime Arbitrators Association tribunal in England involving "the collapse and subsequent loss overboard of approximately 1,816 on-deck containers aboard the container ship M/V ONE APUS", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Hapag-Lloyd AG v. M/V ONE APUS: Discovery Application (March 26, 2021)

Ex Parte Application by Hapag-Lloyd Aktiengesellschaft, of Germany, to take discovery from the Master, Chief Officer, Officer of the Watch, Chief Engineer, and Second Engineer of M/V ONE APUS, a "Japanese-flagged containership" that "was en route from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when something went wrong and the ship lost at least 843 containers overboard", for use in legal proceedings in Germany, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Dismatrix SPC et al v. Brick Kane: Discovery Application

Application by Dismatrix SPC, Asyndeton, and Polysyndeton, all of the Cayman Islands, to take discovery from Brick Kane, of Alhambra, California, for use in legal proceedings in England against Equiti Capital UK Limited alleging that "Equiti received funds with actual or constructive knowledge of a fraudulent Forex trading scheme operated by Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc., and Blue Isle Markets Ltd.", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

USA v. Seyed Zangakani et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging money laundering involving $157 million of "prohibited correspondent banking transactions" via "front and shell companies" in Canada, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States to evade U.S. economic sanctions against Iran in USA v. Seyed Ziaeddin Taheri Zangakani, Saeed Torab Abtahi, Abbas Amin, Issa Shayegh, Mojtaba Dehghani, Sara Sabri, Reza Karimi, Shantia Chupra, Salim Henareh, and Khalil Henareh at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Daniel Glaab v. MoneyGram International, Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud involving the announcement of "a strategic partnership with Ripple Labs, Inc.", described as a blockchain technology company and the developer of the cryptocurrency XRP", in Daniel Glaab v. MoneyGram International, Inc., W. Alexander Holmes, and Lawrence Angelilli at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Sandra Parziale v. Patrick Nelson et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging fraud in Sandra Parziale v. Patrick Nelson, of Orange County, California; Nelson Partners, LLC, of Utah; NP Skyloft ST, LLC, of Delaware; NP Skyloft JV, LLC, of Delaware; ACO Skyloft Manager, LLC, of Delaware; Axonic Credit Opportunities Master Fund, LP, of the Cayman Islands; AxSPV LLC Series NB CRE Lender, of Delaware; AxSPV LLC Series SBL CRE Lender, of Delaware; AxSPV LLC Series ACO CRE Lender, of Delaware; Axonic Capital, LLC, of Delaware, and Clayton DeGiancinto at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Oak Trust et al v. Brick Kane: Discovery Application

Application by Oak Trust, Acorn Trust, Eagle Trust, Duffy Trust, Robert J. Parfet Living Trust, Geluk Global Fund Limited SAC, of the Bahamas; Migration Investments, LLC, of Colorado; Boustrophedon International Ltd., of Hong Kong; Michael R. Shea, Erin Shea, Angela Ling, Fuhua Ling, Philip Bullock, Lifang Liu, Justin Payne, Michael Dietzen, Kimberly J. Dietzen, Brian Sly, David K. Sly, Gregory Sly, Karen Sly, Nelson Sly, Helen S. Sly, Sly Family Trust, and Tamara A. Sly Separate Property Trust to take discovery from Brick Kane, of Alhambra, California, for use in "an anticipated proceeding" in England regarding allegations of "a fraudulent Forex trading scheme" involving Equiti Capital UK Limited, Mediatrix Capital Inc., Blue Isle Markets Inc., and Blue Isle Markets Ltd., filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Food Delivery Holding 12 Sarl v. Barnes & Thornburg LLP: Discovery Application

Application by Food Delivery Holding 12 Sarl, of Luxembourg, to take discovery from Barnes & Thornburg LLP "for use in an international arbitration brought by Mr. Ebrahim Al-Jassim against FDH (and two other respondents) pursuant to the arbitration rules of the Dubai International Finance Centre-London Court of International Arbitration", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Atkins Investment Partnership et al v. Duff & Phelps LLC: Complaint

Complaint "for negligent misrepresentation, aiding and abetting fraud, and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty against Duff & Phelps for enabling a massive fraud orchestrated by Brendan Ross through a $789 million private investment fund structure managed by Direct Lending Investments, LLC" in Atkins Investment Partnership et al v. Duff & Phelps LLC at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Dana Point Youth Baseball v. Ambassador Captive Solutions et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint alleging "a scheme to defraud Plaintiff and class members by selling counterfeited and nonexistent insurance policies, which purport to provide general commercial, accident, directors' and officers', auto and other types of insurance to Plaintiff and class members, which primarily include youth sports teams, leagues, and athletes throughout the United States" in Del Obispo Youth Baseball Inc., d.b.a. Dana Point Youth Baseball v. The Ambassador Group LLC, d.b.a. Ambassador Captive Solutions, of Kentucky; Performance Insurance Company SPC, of the Cayman Islands; Brandon White, and Goldenstar Specialty Insurance LLC, of Pennsylvania, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Frank Gallo v. Nielsen Holdings Plc et al: Class Action Complaint

Class Action Complaint in Frank Gallo v. Nielsen Holdings Plc, described as a British "global measurement and data analytics company providing a view of consumers and markets worldwide" and whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange; James A. Attwood, Jr., David Kenny, Thomas H. Castro, Guerrino de Luca, Karen M. Hoguet, Harish Manwani, Janice Marinelli Mazza, Jonathan Miller, Robert C. Pozen, David Rawlinson, Nancy Tellem, Javier G. Teruel, and Lauren Zalaznick at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Saudi Prerogative Company v. Infosys Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging "a massive racketeering scheme" in Saudi Prerogative Company, of Saudi Arabia v. Infosys Limited and Jyoti Pawar, both of India, at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.