BitConnect Saga Drags On As Judge Dismisses More Defendants, Only Three Remain
The BitConnect class lawsuit is falling apart after a judge dismissed three of the defendants in the case. According to a lawsuit judgement, the case now lies in jeopardy with the threat of being tossed out, after defendants from India, Vietnam and other countries were dismissed.
On a ruling made by Judge Middlebrooks on the 9th of January, plaintiffs were refused an extension to serve the defendants in a renewed filing from late last year. The latest ruling follows a number of dismissals in the past as the plaintiffs were not able to serve the accused persons across the globe.
The Jan. 9th ruling states that some of the Indian defendants were dismissed from the case given they already face charges in India and have since been jailed. Furthermore, in relation to the Hague Convention laws, the judge stated,
“India has objected service by postal channels, meaning Plaintiff’s request to serve Defendants located in India by postal channels must be denied. Plaintiffs initiated this lawsuit in 2018 and have not even begun to serve process under the Hague Convention, which is a very lengthy process.”
The judge followed up the dismissal with Vietnam-based defendants also facing the axe off the class action. According to Judge Middlebrooks, the plaintiffs are yet to serve the defendants in Vietnam despite having the ability to complete the Service. The report reads,
“Although service by mail may be appropriate in this instance, Plaintiffs have failed to sufficiently demonstrate that Roberts and Helen (the defendants) would actually receive the service at the provided address.”
The judge further stated that foreign defendants from other jurisdictions around the world who have not yet been served in regards to the BitConnect lawsuit being dismissed. Middlebrooks said,
“[Defendants] They should be dismissed for the reasons stated in this Order regarding Plaintiffs’ unjustifiable delay in effectuating service.”
The remaining defendants in the class action case include Trevor Brown, Ryan Hildreth and Tanner Fox.