Craig Wright says he’s ‘competely vindicated’ by court ruling; still won’t prove he’s Satoshi
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Australian computer scientist and self-professed Bitcoin inventor Craig Steven Wright is promising big things after mostly winning a court case that could have cost him billions.
A jury in Miami found that Wright didn’t owe half of 1.1 million Bitcoin to the family of his deceased friend Dave Kleiman, but did order Wright to pay $100 million to W&K Info Defense Research LLC, a joint venture between the two men.
We are pleased that after four years of intense litigation and seven days of jury deliberation, in a case that was thought to be unwinnable, the jury ruled Dr. Craig Wright (aka Satoshi Nakamoto), was not business partners with Dave Kleiman.#CraigWright #Victory #SatoshiNakamoto pic.twitter.com/Ob4pHOQ0n6
— Rivero Mestre LLP (@riveromestre) December 6, 2021
Dave Kleiman’s brother Ira Kleiman had sued for about $200 billion in damages, claiming Wright and his brother Dave had invented Bitcoin together and Wright stole their invention after Dave Kleiman died in 2013.
“This has been a remarkably good outcome, and I feel completely vindicated,” Wright said in a video posted on Twitter.
“Next, there are still fights. We’re going to make everything change, from cryptocurrency to digital cash, the way it’s meant to be.
“My original invention is coming back … Each victory we get takes us closer, to a world where digital cash is used. Not a global casino, but real digital cash. Where people in third-world countries can make money, hold money, and trade.”
— Jimmy Nguyen (@JimmyWinSV) December 6, 2021
BREAKING: Craig Wright to give away 98% of his bitcoin to humanity, starting with BSV holders and working up pic.twitter.com/p0xm31Mngl
— eumemic 🟥 (@dysmemic) December 6, 2021
A lawyer for Ira Kleiman also claimed victory, however.
Kleiman v. Wright update: We are incredibly gratified the jury found Craig Wright has to pay our client, W&K, $100,000,000 for the bitcoin-related assets he stole. This is a great win for our client and for justice!
— Vel Freedman (@VelvelFreedman) December 6, 2021
It’s come to my attention that Andres Rivero (CSW lawyer) is claiming the $100M verdict finding his client is a thief, was a win. That’s hilarious. I wish him many more such “wins.” He’s also falsely claiming they offered more to settle the case. Lies.
— Vel Freedman (@VelvelFreedman) December 7, 2021
— Paalsky (@paalsky) December 7, 2021
If a plaintiff is awarded $1000 in a $100M case, is that a win? Asking for a friend. 😅
— mohrt @412 (@mohrt) December 7, 2021
The court wasn’t asked to settle Wright’s claim that he’s Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, which is accepted in the Bitcoin SV community but derided in the much larger crypto space.
In an interview after the verdict with Bloomberg News, Wright once again declined to move a few of the Satoshis (tiny fractions of a Bitcoin worth less than 1c) in Nakamoto’s huge wallet, which would put the matter to rest once and for all.
I asked Craig Wright if he could move a few #satoshi coins to prove his claims for once and all. His response: “That’s not how you settle this, and it never would. That’s not what crypto is about. It’s never been about that.” https://t.co/n1Fv2ZgbvX #Bitcoin
— Nathan Crooks (@nmcrooks) December 6, 2021