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    Video: Litigation Funding for Crypto Disputes

    Crypto and fraud are a match made in heaven, leading to an unprecedented amount of scams in which investors and clients around the world have been collectively swindled out of tens of billions of dollars. In this video, litigation funding specialists will discuss the industry's appetite for financing crypto-related lawsuits and the factors they consider prior to making a decision.

    USA v. Shakeeb Ahmed: Superseding Information (‘$9M Crypto Fraud’)

    Superseding Information alleging "a scheme to fraudulently obtain approximately $9 million worth of cryptocurrency from a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange" in USA v. Shakeeb Ahmed, described as "a United States citizen who was residing in Manhattan, New York", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    BlockFi Lending LLC v. Digistar Norway AS et al: Dismissal (‘$37M Crypto Loan’)

    Stipulation of Dismissal & Dismissal Order in BlockFi Lending LLC v. Digistar Norway AS, of Norway; Nessim-Sariel Gaon, described in the complaint as a resident of London, England, and Fiorenzo Manganiello, described in the complaint as a resident of Geneva, Switzerland, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey.

    TGT GP v. TYR Capital Partners SPC Ltd.: Winding Up Petition (‘Swiss Criminal Investigation’)

    Winding Up Petition alleging "a serious and demonstrable lack of probity in the conduct of the Fund's affairs" in TGT GP, as General Partner of TGT LP, which are "part of the wider Unifi group of companies" that operates "a digital wealth platform that allows individuals to lend their cryptocurrency assets to Yield App for a fixed interest rate" v. TYR Capital Partners SPC Ltd. at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

    Edwin Garrison et al v. Wasserman Media Group LLC et al: Class Action Complaint (‘$1B FTX Crypto Fraud’)

    Class Action Complaint “for a sum exceeding one billion dollars” for allegedly promoting unregistered securities issued by the FTX crypto group in Edwin Garrison, Brandon Orr, Leandro Cabo, Ryan Henderson, Michael Livieratos, Alexander Chernyavsky, Gregg Podalsky, Vijeth Shetty, Chukwudozie Ezeokoli, Michael Norris, Shengyun Huang, Vitor Vozza, Kyle Rupprecht, Warren Winter, and Sunil Kavuri v. Wasserman Media Group LLC and Dentsu McGarry Bowen LLC at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Edwin Garrison et al v. Major League Baseball et al: Class Action Complaint (‘$1B FTX Crypto Fraud’)

    Class Action Complaint “for a sum exceeding one billion dollars” for allegedly promoting unregistered securities issued by the FTX crypto group in Edwin Garrison, Brandon Orr, Leandro Cabo, Ryan Henderson, Michael Livieratos, Alexander Chernyavsky, Gregg Podalsky, Vijeth Shetty, Chukwudozie Ezeokoli, Michael Norris, Shengyun Huang, Vitor Vozza, Kyle Rupprecht, Warren Winter, and Sunil Kavuri v. Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball Enterprises Inc., Major League Baseball Properties Inc., Major League Baseball Promotion Corporation, and MLB Players Inc. at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    Edwin Garrison et al v. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team: Class Action Complaint (‘$1B FTX Crypto Fraud’)

    Class Action Complaint "for a sum exceeding one billion dollars" for allegedly promoting unregistered securities issued by the FTX crypto group in Edwin Garrison, Brandon Orr, Leandro Cabo, Ryan Henderson, Michael Livieratos, Alexander Chernyavsky, Gregg Podalsky, Vijeth Shetty, Chukwudozie Ezeokoli, Michael Norris, Shengyun Huang, Victor Vozza, Kyle Rupprecht, Warren Winter, and Sunil Kavuri v. Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited, d.b.a. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
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    Hung Infrastructure Ltd. v. Blockware Mining Inc.: Complaint (‘Bitcoin Mining Dispute’)

    Complaint alleging the defendant "failed to provide" a Bitcoin mining facility "at an 'Uptime of 98% or better” in Hung Infrastructure Ltd., formerly known as Mamoru Mining Ltd., described as a Cayman Islands company thaty it owned by a British Virgin Islands company that is "wholly-owned by Chiu Yu Hung, an individual citizen of Hong Kong SAR" v. Blockware Mining Inc. at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

    B.E. Capital Management Fund L.P. v. Fund.com Inc.: Thomas Braziel’s Exceptions to Special Master’s Report

    Notice of Thomas Braziel's Exceptions to Special Master's Final Report and Recommendation, including that "Braziel takes exception to the Report to the extent it draws conclusions or makes references, express or implied, regarding Braziel’s actual or potential criminal liability", in B.E. Capital Management Fund L.P. v. Fund.com Inc. at the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware.

    Celsius Mining LLC v. Mawson Infrastructure Group Inc. et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Fraud’)

    Complaint in Celsius Mining LLC, described as a Delaware "cryptocurrency mining" firm v. Mawson Infrastructure Group Inc., described as a Delaware-domiciled "publicly traded digital infrastructure provider"; Luna Squares LLC, which "develops and operates hosting facilities designed for digital asset mining", and Cosmos Infrastructure LLC, which "owns and operates digital asset mining equipment and infrastructure", at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Genesis Global Capital LLC v. Gemini Trust Company LLC: Complaint (‘$689M Preferential Crypto Transfers’)

    Complaint "to avoid and recover over half a billion dollars in preferential transfers that flowed to Defendants, at their demand, in the months immediately preceding Plaintiff’s commencement of Chapter 11 Proceedings" in Genesis Global Capital LLC, described as a Delaware company "that provides lending and borrowing services for digital assets and fiat currency primarily to and from institutional and high net worth individual customers" v. Gemini Trust Company LLC, individually and on behalf of Earn Users, described as a New York "trust company" that "operates a cryptocurrency platform that enables its users to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrencies", at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. 193,169.0653 USDT et al: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Fraud & Crypto Laundering’)

    Forfeiture Complaint regarding funds allegedly associated with "Pig Butchering" fraud that were seized from accounts, at least one of which was "accessed by Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong-based IP addresses", in the names of Lim Hock Seng and Yicheng Wang at Binance crypto exchange in USA v. 193,169.0653 USDT, 11,146.8079 USDT, and 18.9649 BTC at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

    SEC v. Kraken: Complaint (‘Unregistered Crypto Exchange’)

    Complaint alleging the defendants operated - in the form of a crypto platform - as a securities exchange, broker/dealer, and clearing agency without being registered in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Payward Inc. and Payward Ventures Inc., collectively doing business as Kraken, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    USA v. ‘Maximiliano Pilipis’ Funds at Morgan Stanley: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Unlicensed Money Transmitter & Crypto Laundering’)

    Forfeiture Complaint associated with an allegedly unlicensed money transmitting business operated by Dominica-domiciled Aurum Capital Holdings Inc. and involving "a virtual currency issued by a company called Liberty Reserve" in USA v. All Fund Seized From Morgan Stanley Accounts 658-091821-245 and 658-095221-245 in the name of Maximiliano Pilipis at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

    Hugo Soares v. BitPay Inc.: Complaint (‘Crypto Theft’)

    Complaint alleging negligence regarding the loss of 336.2008 Bitcoin to a hacker in Hugo Soares, of São Paulo, Brazil v. BitPay Inc., described as "a payment processor that specializes in enabling individuals and businesses to accept payments in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies", at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

    Scott Bishop v. ‘Selina Hsu’ et al: Complaint (‘$911K Crypto Theft’)

    Complaint alleging the defendants "stole cryptocurrency from Plaintiff valued at $911,140.60 pursuant to a sophisticated global internet cryptocurrency fraud and conversion scheme" in Scott Bishop v. Defendant '1', a.k.a. Selina Hsu, described as "a foreign defendant in China", and John Does 1-20 at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    USA v. 97.33604121 Bitcoin et al: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Fraud & Crypto Laundering’)

    Forfeiture Complaint regarding the alleged proceeds of "an investment fraud scam, commonly referred to as 'pig butchering', perpetrated on victims throughout the United States" that were seized from an account at Binance in the name of Wanpadet Sae-Heng, of Thailand, in USA v. 97.33604121 Bitcoin, 2,560,435.71078314 Dogecoin, 884.33368015 Ethereum, 85,843.844344 Cardano, and 884.13243271 EthereumPoW at the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.

    Steven Nerayoff et al v. StormX Global SEZC Inc. et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Dispute’)

    Complaint alleging breach of contract in Steven Nerayoff, of New York, USA, and Maple Ventures LLC, of Delaware, USA v. StormX Global SEZC Inc., formerly known as CakeCodes Global SEZC, of the Cayman Islands, and StormX Inc., of Delaware, collectively described as "the developers and distributors of a software application - originally called Bitmaker - that allowed users to earn Bitcoin by watching videos or advertisements", at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Nassau.

    USA v. Changpeng Zhao: Criminal Information (‘Bank Secrecy Act Violation’)

    Criminal Information alleging the defendant "violated the Bank Secrecy Act by willfully causing Binance Holdings Limited to fail to 23 implement and maintain an effective anti-money laundering program" in USA v. Changpeng Zhao at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

    USA v. Binance Holdings Ltd.: Criminal Information (‘Unlicensed Crypto Exchange’)

    Criminal Information alleging the defendant "knowingly failed to register as a money services business, willfully violated the Bank Secrecy Act by failing to implement and maintain an effective anti-money laundering program, and willfully caused violations of U.S. economic sanctions issued pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act" in USA v. Binance Holdings Limited, d.b.a. Binance.com, of the Cayman Islands, at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

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    FTX Trading Ltd. et al v. Mirana Corp. et al: Complaint (‘$953M Preferential Transfers’)

    Complaint to recover "preferential transfers" in FTX Trading Ltd., of Antigua and Barbuda; West Realm Shires Services Inc., of Delaware, and Alameda Research Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands v. Mirana Corp., of the Seychelles; Bybit Fintech Ltd., of the Seychelles; Time Research Ltd., of the Seychelles; Sin Wei 'Sean' Tan, of Singapore; Wei Lin 'Germaine' Tan, of Singapore; Weizheng Ye, of Singapore, and Nashon Loo Shun Liang, of Singapore, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

    Stack NFT LLC v. NEAR Stiftung: Motion to File Complaint Under Seal (‘Crypto Dispute’)

    Motion for Leave to File Complaint Under Seal in Stack NFT LLC, which is described on its website as "a utility NFT project" v. NEAR Stiftung (NEAR Foundation), which is described on its website as " a Switzerland-based nonprofit foundation (Stiftung) whose mission is to enable community driven innovation to benefit people around the world", at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

    Olympus Peak Trade Claims Opportunities Fund I Non-ECI Master LP v. Ethereal Tech Pte. Ltd. et al: Complaint (‘FTX Discounted Crypto Claims Dispute’)

    Complaint alleging breach of contract regarding an agreement to purchase claims against the FTX crypto group "for 30% of the face value of the claims " in Olympus Peak Trade Claims Opportunities Fund I Non-ECI Master LP, of Delaware v. Ethereal Tech Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, and Burdy Technology Limited, of Hong Kong, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

    USA v. Zhong Shi Gao et al: Superseding Indictment (‘Fraud & Crypto Laundering’)

    Superseding Indictment alleging the defendants "participated in a scheme with others to steal millions of dollars from financial institutions by causing transfers of funds between accounts they controlled, then falsely and fraudulently reporting that the transfers were unauthorized, which induced the financial institutions to credit them the amount of the transfers" in USA v. Zhong Shi Gao, Naifeng Xu, and Fei Jiang at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    USA v. 30,006 Ether et al: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Narcotics Trafficking & Crypto Laundering’)

    Forfeiture Complaint regarding the alleged proceeds of narcotics trafficking involving Christopher Castelluzzo, Luke Atwell, and Brian Krewson in USA v. approximately 30,006 Ether, approximately 153,925.11 Cronos, approximately 244.23 Binance Coin, approximately 764.19 Solana, approximately 23,848.96 Cardano, approximately 32,232.24 Algorand, approximately 299.48 Avalanche, approximately 0.49 Bitcoin, approximately 1,150.71 Polkadot, approximately 1,589.32 Chainlink, approximately 17,208.48 Polygon, approximately 393 TrueUSD, and approximately 2,466.36 Uniswap at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

    USA v. 86,766 USDT: Forfeiture Complaint (‘Fraud & Crypto Laundering’)

    Forfeiture Complaint regarding the alleged proceeds of "a variety of fraud schemes to convince an unsuspecting victim to send co-conspirators money", one of which "involves “pig butchering,” where online co-conspirators utilize social media platforms and dating websites in search of fraud victims" in USA v. 86,766 USDT "seized from OKX account UUID ending 5504 and ID Number ‘097799 with affiliated deposit address ending 94d8" at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

    SEC v. SafeMoon LLC et al: Complaint (‘Crypto Securities Fraud’)

    Complaint alleging the defendants "perpetrated a massive fraudulent scheme that generated millions through the unregistered offer and sale of a crypto asset security called the SafeMoon Token" in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. SafeMoon LLC, SafeMoon US LLC, Kyle Nagy, Braden John Karony, and Thomas Glenn Smith at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    Gemini Trust Company LLC v.. Genesis Global Capital LLC et al: Complaint (‘Crypto/Security Agreement Collateral’)

    Complaint in Gemini Trust Company LLC, of New York, USA, operator of "a cryptocurrency platform that enables its users to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrencies" v. Genesis Global Capital LLC, of Delaware, USA; Genesis Global HoldCo LLC, of Delaware, USA, and Genesis Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., of Singapore, at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.