a class action lawsuit “FTX Influencers”, led by Edwin Garrison, has been sued against “FTX Influencers” for facilitating a massive cryptocurrency scam totaling over $1 billion.
In addition to previous celebrities like Shaquille, the lawsuit also involved YouTuber and so-called NFT influencers Kevin Paflas, Graham Stefan, Andrei Zik, Jaspreet Singh, Brian Jung, Jeremy Lefebvre, Tom Nash, Ben Armstrong and Erica Kulberg. , Creators Agency LLC was cited as a respondent. O’Neal and Tom Brady already mentioned.
The lawsuit names eight YouTubers as defendants, as well as the founder of the talent management firm and agency responsible for promoting FTX. According to allegations made in the lawsuit:
“FTX made substantial payments to Defendant to promote its brand and encourage followers to invest, but Defendant failed to disclose the nature and extent of the sponsorship and/or endorsement transactions, payments, and compensation. , also did not conduct proper (if any) due diligence.”
According to the lawsuit, the defendants have been characterized as “influencers” who describe themselves as true consumers who provide authentic and valuable information to their followers.
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Meanwhile, despite appearing nightly on TNT’s Inside the NBA, former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal was allegedly dodging paperwork to appear before the FTX lawsuit.
“A lot of people think I was involved, but I was just a paid spokesperson for the commercial,” O’Neill said. Said CNBC.
“People know I’m very honest,” O’Neill added. It must have been. But I was just a paid spokesperson. “
On the other hand, investors, entrepreneurs, shark tank Television host Kevin O’Leary, an FTX supporter and defendant in the lawsuit, revealed on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that he received $15 million from FTX, but lost it all. That sum included his $9.7 million investment in his FTX, his more than $1 million in FTX stock, and about $4 million in taxes and agency fees, he said O’Leary. clarified.
Previously, O’Leary admitted to having a close relationship with FTX founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.
The plaintiffs in this action are represented by the Moskowitz Law Firm. Seven plaintiffs, from various countries, have been named in the lawsuit and purchased unregistered securities from FTX in the form of Yield Accounts (YBAs).
The lawsuit alleges that plaintiffs suffered damages because they purchased unregistered securities. Defendants advertised for their own or FTX’s financial gain. We have identified a global and national class of plaintiffs, including thousands, if not millions, of consumers worldwide who have sold or sold.
Meanwhile, Ben Armstrong, aka Bitboy, has said he never promoted FTX and said he plans to file a countersuit on Twitter.
A counter suit is coming. The lawyers in this case couldn’t be more stupid. I never got in touch with anyone at FTX and didn’t even have a reflink.
Show that you are an idiot by not saying you are an idiot.
I’m going to burn the low IQ’s and their lawyers https://t.co/1y2ct85vFq
— Ben Armstrong (@Bitboy_Crypto) March 16, 2023