On April 28, the high profile Kleiman v. Wright lawsuit heated up when the plaintiffs alleged Craig Wright submitted forged evidence before the court. Following the recent response against Wright's motion to dismiss the case, the plaintiffs also filed an order which demands a list of Wright's public bitcoin addresses as of Dec. 31, 2013. Additionally, the Southern District Court of Florida Magistrate overseeing the lawsuit, Judge Bruce Reinhart, has signed the order.
Kleiman Estate Wants Craig Wright to Produce a List of Public Bitcoin Addresses
Self-proclaimed Satoshi, Craig Wright, has been fighting a lawsuit since Feb. 14, 2018, in a case that involves $11 billion dollars' worth of bitcoin and lots of intellectual property. The Kleiman estate represents the now deceased David Kleiman, a security researcher that some individuals believe may have been a member of a pseudonymous group operating under the Satoshi Nakamoto monicker. The cryptocurrency community does not believe Wright is Satoshi despite his claims and many cite that he has yet to provide cryptographic evidence that would tie him to the creation of Bitcoin. So far, the Kleiman v. Wright lawsuit has dragged out for well over a year and last week Wright was accused of forgery. Now the plaintiffs are demanding to view a list of public bitcoin addresses once owned by Wright up until Dec. 2013. Right now, a good portion of the bitcoin address information was either redacted or sealed, but the Kleiman estate believes that tracing Wright's bitcoin holdings back in 2013 and earlier is relevant to the alleged theft claims.
Wright had already told the court that it wasn't feasible to identify the bitcoin he held back then. However, the Kleiman estate's counsel asserted that it does not diminish the plaintiff's entitlement to the pertinent evidence and the data "can be obtained through other means." The Kleimans want Wright to produce the list of bitcoins he owned as of Dec 31, 2013 as well as identify all bitcoins he transferred to the blind trust in 2011. Alongside this, they want him to identify under oath all the trustees of the blind trust and beneficiaries. Moreover, the plaintiffs are demanding that Wright is deposed again in regard to his bitcoin ownership.