A judge of the High Court of England and Wales has dismissed the libel lawsuit against Roger Ver brought in by the self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin Craig Wright.
The lawsuit was filed in May by Wright, accusing the Bitcoin Cash proponent of tainting his reputation in a YouTube video published in mid-April.
In the dismissal order, the Justice Matthew Nicklin wrote: “The Claimant has not satisfied me that England and Wales is clearly the most appropriate place to bring his action for defamation over the publications complained of. In consequence, the Court has no jurisdiction to hear and determine the action. The action will be struck out.”
The court also pointed out that the submitted evidence does not entirely fall under the jurisdiction of England and Wales, as it is more appropriate for a United States court.
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“The evidence clearly demonstrates that the most substantial publication of the statements complained of is in the U.S. It is common ground that, of the global publication, only some 7% took place in England and Wales,” the Justice added.
“There is no evidence at all of any actual reputational harm that the Claimant has suffered as a result of any of the defendant’s publications,” the court document added.
Taking critics to court
Wright is one of one most controversial figures in the crypto community. He claims that he is the mysterious creator of Bitcoin and also filed a copyright claim on Bitcoin’s whitepaper earlier this year.
He also filed a defamation lawsuit against podcaster Peter McCormick which is still ongoing. He even threatened to sue Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterein and John McAfee, a well-known proponent of the cryptocurrencies.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit is also going on against Wright filed by the estate of David Kleiman, accusing him of stealing hundreds of thousands of Bitcoins belonging jointly to the estate and the company W&K Defence Research.