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The cryptocurrency YouTuber received a lawsuit via a tweet after a US court allowed the lawsuit as lawyers said they could not serve him in other ways.
An order dated May 2 by a Florida District Court Judge granted Moskowitz law firm permission to send a legal notice to cryptocurrency YouTuber Tom Nash via a tweet.
Nash, who is believed to reside in Georgia, is the latest of ten defendants named in a class action lawsuit against influencers who are said to have promoted bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX without disclosing their compensation.
On May 2, the firm tweeted its notification to Nash and mentioned his Twitter handle in the message, thereby notifying him of the lawsuit.
@iamtomnashper the authorization of the Court presiding over the pending class action against you in the Southern District of Florida, you have been served: https://t.co/28YJQ2sKY5
— The Moskowitz Law Firm (@moskowitzesq) May 2, 2023
The document outlines instructions on how Nash should be served using Twitter.
The law firm had to share the URL of the legal notice through their official Twitter account and tag Tom Nash’s Twitter account.
Moskowitz also had to send the URL in an email to his publicly known email address.
The document states that Nash’s frequent use of the Internet suggests that this is a reliable way to contact him. He noted:
“Nash has an established online business, uses electronic media, including Twitter, as a trusted form of contact; and has publicly acknowledged [а] personal email address.
According to the statement, when lawyers previously emailed Nash an email he released publicly, it didn’t bounce back, suggesting Nash had received the lawsuit and his “email address is valid and working.”
A federal ruling allows a district court to “order an alternative method of inflicting the death penalty on foreign defendants” provided it is consistent with international agreements and can effectively notify the defendant.
It is further explained that Georgia and the United States are parties to the Hague Convention, which provides a standardized method for the service of legal documents between signatory countries.
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The other nine accused include seven YouTubers including Graham Stefan, Brian Jung and Ben Armstrong, known as “BitBoy Crypto”. Also named are the talent management company that promoted FTX, Creators Agency LLC, and its founder, Erika Kuhlberg.
Armstrong missed an April 20 court appearance to consider his alleged “harassment of the plaintiffs’ attorney.”
Instead of attending the court hearing, Armstrong tweeted photos of himself on a beach in the Bahamas and openly mocked the order.
I am supposed to be in court today.
I’m not. Why?
Because I don’t give AF
RECKLESSNESS SPONSORED BY https://t.co/RtFomcGS5v pic.twitter.com/t9XqsNd6da
— Ben Armstrong (@Bitboy_Crypto) April 20, 2023
Cointelegraph contacted Nash for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.