Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have settled their lawsuit against fellow early bitcoin entrepreneur Charlie Shrem, whom they previously claimed owed them $26 million worth of the cryptocurrency.
In an April 5 court filing, Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed the case, explaining that the parties had informed the court they had reached a settlement.
However, both parties have the right to reopen the cause and proceed to trial within 30 days, or by May 5, “if the settlement is not fully effectuated,” the judge wrote.
The terms of the settlement are confidential, Brian Klein, Shrem’s lawyer, told CoinDesk.
According to a separate filing by the attorney for the twins’ Winklevoss Capital Fund (WCF), the plaintiff in the case, “WCF and Shrem will each bear their own attorneys’ fees and costs. The case will not be reopened.”
In a statement provided to CoinDesk, Shrem said:
“From day one, I’ve maintained the allegations are bogus, and they are of course. After their attorney was sanctioned and they were ordered to pay my legal fees twice, we recently reached a confidential resolution, and I’m dismissed from the case. I’m thankful for Brian Klein and my legal team and pleased to have this behind me.”
The Winklevoss brothers had alleged, in their case filed in September of last year, that back in 2012 Shrem had accepted a total of $1 million to buy bitcoin on their behalf and later realized that Shrem had not given them the full value of the amount in bitcoin.
They claimed to be short by roughly 5,000 bitcoin, worth about $26 million at today’s prices.
At the time of the deal in 2012, one bitcoin was worth approximately $12.50.
Before the settlement was reached, Shrem had sought to depose the Winklevosses’ attorney, Tyler Meade.
CoinDesk will update this article as more details are obtained.
Dismissal of Winklevoss case against Charlie Shrem by CoinDesk on Scribd
More Bitcoin ATMs are being introduced by LibertyX as interest grows
- The company behind first launching Bitcoin ATMs in the United States, LibertyX to introduce more.
- LibertyX have announced they will add another 90 ATMs to its network.
LibertyX, the firm that launched the first Bitcoin (BTC) automated teller machine (ATM), in the United States, will be adding 90 new machines to its network.
The Boston-based firm will be partnering with independent ATM operator DesertATM, as part of the network expansion, as detailed within a report by global ATM market publication ATMmarketplace on July 18.
DesertATM will be uploading LibertyX on 90 of its Genmega ATMs to facilitate Bitcoin operations. In terms of the new Bitcoin ATM locations, these will be placed at; gas stations such as AMPM, ARCO & Chevron, as well as Family Dollar retail stores, as per the press release notes.
Bitcoin not yet banned in India, regulations around the corner
- The Minister of State to the Ministry of Finance told the upper house of the Indian Parliament, cryptos are not banned yet.
- The Minister, Anurag Singh Thakur, also stressed the need of creating a solution that caters to global regulators.
As per Anurag Singh Thakur, the Minister of State to the Ministry of Finance, holding or trading cryptocurrencies is not banned in India. During an address to the upper house of the Indian Parliament, Thakur stated that the Reserve Bank of India and the Ministry of Finance have issued notices regarding the use of Bitcoin and other similar coins:
“Presently, there is no separate law for dealing with issues relating to cryptocurrencies. Hence, all concerned Departments and law enforcement agencies, such as RBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities, etc. take action as per the relevant existing laws.”
The Minister’s response followed a recent report regarding an alleged crypto blanket ban draft which stated that the government would sentence crypto traders with a ten-year imprisonment.
In a separate letter addressed to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Thakur stated that an interministerial committee needs to create a solution that caters to global regulators:
“It is difficult to state a specific timeline to come up with clear recommendations. The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs is examining all issues, including the pros and cons of the introduction of an official digital currency in India. No decision on licensing and authorizing any entity or company to operate such schemes or deal with Bitcoins or any virtual currency has been made as yet.”
Bitcoin price prediction: BTC/USD faces two healthy resistance levels on path back to $11,000
- BTC/USD is currently trading around $10,545.
- The two resistance levels are at $10,575 and $10,700.
BTC/USD had a bearish Friday where the price fell from $10,660 to $10,540. Bitcoin managed to have a bullish start to this Saturday and is currently trading for $10,545. The daily confluence detector shows two moderate-strong resistance levels at $10,575 and $10,700. On the downside, there are two support levels of note at $10,500 and $10,375.
BTC/USD daily confluence detector
The $10,575 resistance level has the 1-week Fibonacci 61.8% retracement level, while the $10,700 has the most substantial resistance level but no confluences has been detected. On the downside, the $10,500 support level has the 100-day simple moving average (SMA 100) and the 1-hour previous low. The $10,375 level possesses the 1-day Fibonacci 38.2% retracement level.