Roger Ver is No Longer Bitcoin.com CEO

Bitcoin Cash backer, Roger Ver is no longer the CEO of the controversial … Ver continues to be an advocate for the argument that Bitcoin Cash is …

Bitcoin Cash backer, Roger Ver is no longer the CEO of the controversial crypto company Bitcoin.com.


Ver ‘Promoted’ to Executive Chairman

Ver, one of the more polarizing personalities within the crypto space appears to have been removed as the CEO of his company — Bitcoin.com. The website now lists Ver as “Executive Chairman,” with Stefan Rust as CEO.

So it seems @rogerkver is no longer CEO of https://t.co/vkLImCsPWG… did he finally exit scam BCrash? pic.twitter.com/pYjxmTPXIr

— Rory (@roryhighside) August 1, 2019

Rust’s LinkedIn page has him listed as the Corporate and Business Development chief at the company before his promotion to the role of CEO. As at press time, there has been no official announcement about the organizational change by the company.

Ver and Bitcoin.com have come in for criticisms over claims that the platform tries to deceive people into thinking BCH is BTC. Ver continues to be an advocate for the argument that Bitcoin Cash is superior to the leading cryptocurrency.

Ver’s removal also echoes a similar change in the hierarchy at mining giant Bitmain. in late 2018, Bitmain underwent an organizational restructuring that saw Wu (a close ally of Ver) exit his seat as CEO.

Is Ver Ditching Bitcoin Cash?

Since the news broke, and without any official word from Bitcoin.com, there have been rumors on social media that Ver might be exiting the BCH shilling arena. In 2018, Ver told Bitcoinist that he held more BCH than BTC.

Classic move. Letting someone else take the fall.https://t.co/yjMcLEmfv4

— WhalePanda (@WhalePanda) August 1, 2019

There is some conjecture that Ver might have been forced out as CEO of his own website with the company looking to launch its exchange platform. Ver’s previous exoneration of Mark Karpeles — the ex-Mt. Gox chief might not be a good fit for a new exchange platform.

Before the 2017 hard fork, Ver had been a staunch BTC evangelist even earning the moniker “Bitcoin Jesus.”

Ver was also a major player in the BCH vs. BSV hash war that occurred in late 2018. The former “Bitcoin CEO” sided with Jihan Wu against Calvin Ayre and self-proclaimed Bitcoin creator, Craig S. Wright (CSW).

The tussle with Wright also involved a legal case with CSW suing Ver for libel. Roger Ver allegedly called Wright a fraud for claiming to be Bitcoin creator; Satoshi Nakamoto — a view held by many in the crypto space.

A U.K. court recently dismissed the suit, the latest in a string of unfavorable rulings for CSW.

Do you think Roger Ver is ditching Bitcoin Cash? Let us know in the comments below.


Images via Twitter @roryhighside and @WhalePanda

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UK Judge Turns Down Craig Wright’s Case Against Roger Ver

Wright has filed multiple lawsuits against several figures in the cryptocurrency industry including the co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin. Facing …

One UK judge has turned down a defamation case filed by the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright against the Bitcoin Cash advocate Roger Ver.

The reason for this case being dismissed was because it was allegedly to ‘weak’, didn’t have enough detail and was ‘inappropriate’.

The high court judge sir Mattew Nicklin said that there was little evidence to support Wrights claims of damage in reputation and noted that he had failed to provide enough proof of “the global reputation he enjoys and, more particularly, the extent to which it has been damaged.”

Nicklin’s decision came out earlier this week and brands as a form of ‘libel tourism’, a term used mainly in regards to opportunistic cases seeking to get damages in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions.

Earlier in 2019, Wright handed Ver a legal notice when he was in the UK, which alleged that a video he made describing him as a fraud damaged his reputation. Given that Ver lives in Japan, he was only in the UK for a short time leading the judge to conclude that the country was probably not the best place to start the case.

A spokesperson for Wright said that the Ver case had “only been thrown out because of the jurisdiction, not the content.”

Wright is seemingly building a patent empire, is notorious in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain.

As reported by The Next Web:

“In December 2015, two simultaneous investigations by Wired and Gizmodo claimed he could have invented Bitcoin. However, subsequent reporting raised concerns that the Australian computer scientist could potentially be involved in an elaborate scam.”

Wright has filed multiple lawsuits against several figures in the cryptocurrency industry including the co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin. Facing legal action across the pond, Wright has been accused of swindling $5 billion worth of Bitcoin from his ex-partner, the late Dave Kleiman.

In a blog post, Wright posted in June:

“In one specific case, it comes down to arguments about the people. Bitcoin is technology. You know the other side of the argument is failing when it has moved to attacking a person rather than the argument itself. It is a common tactic in the world of social media. Proof of social media is not about truth but rather about a deception that can change and mutate over time. It is one of the aspects of Bitcoin that have been developed that allows for a system of truth. If you view my videos and presentations from 2014, you will see that I have the same outlook and concept of Bitcoin. […]”

“The attack comes down to the individual. You end with diatribes of YouTube videos, gut feelings, and the general ranting of social justice warriors. In many ways, it is designed to take you away from the issue at hand. The fallacy can be used in creating a red herring. The genetic fallacy is commonly presented in a continued argument as a matter of creating misdirection. It allows the arguer to slip in a red herring (ignoratio elenchi) in a relevant conclusion or relevant thesis, for example. They avoid refuting the point being argued, and cloud the issue.”

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Craig Wright’s Libel Lawsuit Against Roger Ver Thrown Out of UK Court

Wright filed several lawsuits against other crypto luminaries as well including podcaster Peter McCormack and Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin.
Craig Wright’s Libel Lawsuit Against Roger Ver Thrown Out of UK Court

Controversial Australian computer scientist and self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin Craig Wright has suffered a blow to his ego after losing his case against former community partner Roger Ver. Wright had taken Ver to a UK court after Ver publicly called him a fraud for claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of Bitcoin.

Ver, who was visiting the UK back in early April created a YouTube video (now redacted) in which Ver disagreed with Wright’ claim on inventing Bitcoin. In May, Ver took the dispute further and called Wright a Fraud on twitter telling him to sue him for his comments.

Wright did not hesitate. Wright filed several lawsuits against other crypto luminaries as well including podcaster Peter McCormack and Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin. To these claims, Wright alleged that the detractors were damaging his reputation. In the Wright v Ver case, the evidence provided in court by Wright’s lawyer Adam Wolanski did not satisfy High Court Judge Sir Matthew Nicklin who said that it wasn’t sufficient enough to prove “the global reputation [Wright] enjoys and, more particularly, the extent to which it has been damaged.” Further, Judge Nicklin stated that the case was inappropriately filed as Ver was not a resident of the UK and neither was he one at the time of the alleged action.

Craig Wright’s Libel Lawsuit Against Roger Ver Thrown OutCraig Wright’s Libel Lawsuit Against Roger Ver Thrown Out

In court documents on the verdict of the case released on Wednesday, July 31st, the Judge stated that,

“There is no other evidence as to the extent of the Claimant’s reputation in the UK (or elsewhere) … Specifically, there is no evidence at all of any actual reputational harm that the Claimant has suffered.”

The evidence provided by Wright’s lawyer mentioned that about 7% of the people who may have watched the video on YouTube were UK residents.

In regards to the jurisdiction, the court decided that,

“It is common ground that the Defendant is not domiciled in [the UK] … Therefore, [the] Court does not have jurisdiction over the [Wright’s] claim for libel unless the Court is satisfied that of all the places that the statements complained of have been published.” Commenting on the determination, Wright’s spokesperson said that this particular case was only thrown out “because of jurisdiction, not the content,”

Wright has been adamant to provide conclusive proof of his part in creating Bitcoin but instead has resorted to taking detractors to court for calling him a liar. Wright and Ver were formerly proponents of Bitcoin’s fork Bitcoin Cash but had a falling which led to the split of the Bitcoin Cash community last November during the battle of the hash wars.

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Florida Court Summons Wife and Associates of Craig Wright in Billion Dollar Lawsuit

To prove that he was indeed the founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, Wright provided O’Hagan “extensive access” to his life. The estate claimed:.

As part of a pending lawsuit, a Florida judge has requested international judicial assistance from the Queen’s Bench Division in London to summon and question Craig Wright’s wife and associates in court. The Kleiman estate had filed a $10 billion federal lawsuit against self-proclaimed Bitcoin founder Wright in February 2018.

The court filed the petition on behalf of Ira Kleiman, wife of the now-deceased computer scientist, Dave Kleiman. According to Ira, Wright allegedly embezzled over $5 billion worth of Bitcoin at the time of the lawsuit, from her husband, who worked with Wright from 2009 to 2013. The Kleiman estate is looking to recover at least 30,000 BTC from Wright, along with any forked assets.

Craig Wright

Wright’s Business Associate and Author Summoned

The Kleiman estate has filed for the motion to question Ramona Watts, the wife of Craig Wright, since she “was identified in his initial disclosures as an individual with knowledge of the facts underlying the plaintiffs’ claims.”

According to the estate, Wright had revealed his mining partnership with Kleiman to his wife, who became the co-director of Bitcoin-related companies with her husband after their marriage.

In addition to questioning Ramona Watts, the Kleiman estate is also looking to obtain the testimony of Andrew O’Hagan, author of the book “The Satoshi Affair.” To prove that he was indeed the founder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, Wright provided O’Hagan “extensive access” to his life. The estate claimed:

“During this 6-month process, O’Hagan recorded many hours of tape” of his many dozens of hours of conversation with Wright” where they discussed information relevant to the lawsuit.”

Wright’s business associate, Robert MacGregor, was also named since he is acquainted with the details of the partnership between Wright and Kleiman, in addition to being the buyer of “Satoshi Nakamoto’s” life rights.

craig wright faketoshi

Bitcoin Inception Partnership: A Betraying Affair?

According to the initial lawsuit filed by the Kleiman estate in 2018, Wright forged Kleiman’s signature to steal his share of the partnership. The value of the overall Bitcoin mined by the duo was worth approximately $10 billion in 2018 when Kleiman’s estate sued Wright.

Addressing claims that the two individuals were involved in the creation of Bitcoin, the estate said that “it was unclear whether Craig, Dave, and/or both created Bitcoin.” Reiterating their demand to receive a fair share of Kleiman’s digital assets, they said,

“It is undeniable, however, that Craig and Dave were involved in Bitcoin from its inception and that they accumulated a vast wealth of bitcoins from 2009 to 2013”.

Do you think the Kleiman estate will be successful in obtaining a testimony from Wright’s wife and associates? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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Craig Wright’s Wife Now Involved Into $10b Bitcoin Lawsuit

Self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright has been facing a lawsuit for $10 billion over the course of 2019 and it seems to be making noise …

Self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto, Craig Wright has been facing a lawsuit for $10 billion over the course of 2019 and it seems to be making noise once again but with a new twist…

Earlier this week on July 24th the Florida judge Bruce; Reinhart filed a request for international assistance with the Queen’s Beach Division in London.

The Florida court is after permission to question Wright’s wife and a couple of his business associates, all of whom are residents of that British jurisdiction.

This motion was filed by Ira Kleiman, on behalf of the now late computer programmer, Dave Kleiman.

Ira had filed a $10 billion lawsuit against Wright back in 2018, whilst claiming that Wright stole 1.1 Bitcoin from Dave before he passed away in 2013.

The Kleiman estate wants at least 300,000 Bitcoins as well as their forked assets, however, Wright has denied any involvement with the stolen BTC and has repeatedly claimed that he is the sole investor of Bitcoin.

In the latest court filing, the estate says it wants to question these three individuals including Wright’s wife, Ramona Watts as well as the author, Andrew O’Hagan and Wright’s business associate Robert MacGregor.

O’Hagan was provided with “extensive access” to Wright and his associates whilst he wrote his book, The Satoshi Affair in 2016, according to the Klieman estate. In this book, that’s where Wright made the claim of being the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto.

“During this 6-month process, O’Hagan recorded “many hours of tape” of his “many dozens of hours of conversations with Wright.”

The Kleiman estate goes onto say that in regards to Ramona Watts, her testimony is relevant to the case as she is Wright’s wife and was “identified in his initial disclosures as an individual with knowledge of the facts underlying Plaintiffs’ claims.”

On top of this, the estate says that watts and Wright were both involved in his firms since 2011, which is before they were even married, and that Wright had discussed his business dealings in regards to Dave, with her.

Wright is set to appear in court in a few weeks on August 7th. It will be interesting to see how it plays out then.

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