Billionaire Elon Musk, alongside along with his corporations SpaceX and Tesla Inc, are all being sued for an astonishing $258 billion in damages for being “engaged in a crypto pyramid scheme” involving Dogecoin (DOGE).
The damages sought are greater than 34 occasions Dogecoin’s present market cap of $7.5 billion and practically thrice its ATH market cap of $88.68 billion in mid-2021.
Filed within the New York District Court by an lawyer at Evan Spencer Law on Thursday, the class-action lawsuit alleges that Musk “used his pedestal as World’s Richest man to operate and manipulate the Dogecoin Pyramid Scheme for profit, exposure, and amusement.”
In the submitting, plaintiff Keith Johnson, a U.S. citizen, alleges that Musk and his companies have been “unjustly enriched” by $86 billion on account of wire fraud, playing enterprise, false promoting, misleading practices, and different illegal conduct.
Johnson claims that he and others within the class-action have misplaced roughly $86 billion between May 2021 and June 2022 and is demanding that determine in financial damages together with one other $172 billion in damages and costs.
Defendant Musk is the self-appointed ‘Dogefather,’ ‘former CEO of Dogecoin,’ companion, developer, spokesperson, publicist, salesman, marketer, and promoter of Dogecoin, who assembled the ‘Doge Army’ together with his companies and numerous billionaires, influencers, and celebrities to extend the value, market cap and buying and selling quantity of Dogecoin.”
In January, Musk introduced that his electrical car firm Telsa would settle for Dogecoin as cost for the corporate’s merchandise. In May, he introduced that Dogecoin funds would even be accepted by his area exploration firm SpaceX.
The lawsuit additionally calls for an order declaring the buying and selling of Dogecoin to be constituted as playing inside New York and federal regulation, and in addition alleges that Musk and his corporations have violated state and federal playing legal guidelines.
“Since Plaintiff and the class were not advised that the trading of Dogecoin was nothing more than a gambling enterprise, Plaintiff and the class demand the return of all wagers lost trading Dogecoin.”
It additionally seeks to order Musk and his corporations, and some other unlicensed professionals from promoting, advertising, or selling Dogecoin sooner or later.
The crypto group has ridiculed the lawsuit.
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Dogecoin creator Shibetoshi Nakamoto, a Tweet of whose was cited within the lawsuit as supporting proof, referred to as the lawsuit “stupid as fuck” on Twitter on Thursday, however admitted that crypto buying and selling isn’t a lot completely different from playing.
i imply dogecoin is identical as all the pieces else, they wanna make all crypto into playing?
the lawsuit is clearly silly as fuck, however i don’t assume crypto buying and selling is far completely different than playing
— Shibetoshi Nakamoto (@BillyM2k) June 16, 2022
Rahul Sood, CEO, and co-founder of Irreverent Labs, which builds blockchain video games referred to as it a “stupid class-action lawsuit”
“Amazing that in the US someone could launch such a stupid class-action lawsuit. These guys all knew what they were getting into. Ridiculous.”
Ron Coleman, a commercial litigator and partner at Dhillon Law Group with 196,000 Twitter followers replied to a Tweet about the news, noting that “anyone can say anything in a lawsuit.”
Anyone can say something in a lawsuit
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) June 16, 2022