Craig Wright loses summary judgment bid in billion-dollar bitcoin case, which now heads to trial

Quick Take

  • The court published a 93-page decision on the recent motion in the Kleiman v. Wright case.
  • Wright’s motion for a summary judgment, which would get him out of the case, was completely denied.
  • The case will now go to trial in January of 2021.

The Kleiman v. Wright lawsuit is going to trial now that a federal court has denied Craig Wright's motion for summary judgment. Over a billion dollars in bitcoin sits at the center of the dispute.

Craig Wright has been locked in a legal battle with his former business partner's estate since 2018, when plaintiffs alleged Wright fraudulently attempted to seize the deceased David Kleiman's share of bitcoins and intellectual property that the two incurred together in their business dealings. Wright has said he himself is the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin known as Satoshi Nakomoto, and that Kleiman was a pivotal part in the creation of Bitcoin. However, Wright has repeatedly been caught in falsehoods related to these claims.

He's since tried to evade the case, most recently by applying for a summary judgment motion which contends that key facts aren't in dispute, and thus the case is thrown out. However, the Southern District of Florida disagreed, saying a number of facts remain in dispute in an opinion just shy of 100 pages. 

Stephen Palley, partner at Anderson Kill, detailed a number of key takeaways from the opinion in a Twitter thread, saying: "This was a major loss by Wright in a detailed and well-supported opinion."

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