Craig Wright "required to personally appear" in Florida court for mediation

12 Jun, 2019
by David Borman
Craig Wright required to personally appear in Florida court for mediation

It has been reported by Cointelegraph that Craig Wright has been ordered by a Florida judge that he must appear in person for a mediation concerning a claim of theft on the part of Wright. This comes after Wright motioned to be allowed to participate via video-conference.

The case claims that after the unfortunate passing of Wright's former colleague, Dave Kleiman, Wright stole over 1 million Bitcoin that belonged to the Kleiman estate. At the time of this writing, the Bitcoin would be worth just shy of $9 billion. Wright has sought to have the case dismissed, but that was rejected by the court back in December.

Wright then asked if he could attend an upcoming mediation, scheduled for June 18th, via videoconferencing, as showing up in person would cause "unjustifiable hardship." This was opposed by the plaintiffs, and ultimately Judge Beth Bloom agreed.

From the recent filing:

"After a review of the record and the submissions by the parties, the Court does not find that a continuation of mediation is warranted. The Court further agrees with the Plaintiffs that personal appearance by the parties will promote meaningful participation at mediation."

Essentially this says the mediation is not being postponed and Wright will need to be physically present in Florida on June 18th. As for how the case will move forward, we leave that up to the courts.

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