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Craig Wright backed against the wall; court orders ‘self-proclaimed Satoshi’ to produce BTC ownership documents




Craig Wright backed against the wall; court orders “Faketoshi” to produce BTC ownership documents
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It looks like the tables have turned for the self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin, with Craig S Wright finding himself on the receiving end of a legal notice. On May 3, a US District Court, from the Southern District of Florida issued an order to “Faketoshi” to provide ownership evidence of Bitcoin addresses which are over six years old.

The “sua sponte” order in question, pertains to the estate case of Dave Kleiman vs Craig Wright and eludes to the list of Wright’s claimed public Bitcoin addresses as of December 31, 2013. In light of this, the order reads that Wright filed an “unverified motion” identifying a number of “bitcoin public addresses that he mined” and added that in 2011 the ownership of “all his bitcoin” was transferred to a blind trust.

Wright added that to produce a list of his Bitcoin holdings would be “unduly burdensome”, however, the same is “not supported by facts” states the order. The court document read:

“In essence, he does not argue undue burden, he argues impossibility. The argument that Dr. Wright is incapable of providing an accurate listing of his current or historical bitcoin holdings was never presented in any of the prior hearings before this Court, when the Court was crafting the scope of discovery.”

The plaintiff to the case, Ira Kleiman, responded to the “unverified order” asking for Wright to produce the list of BTC owned as of December 31, 2013, identify the transferred Bitcoins to the blind trust in 2011, and produce documents evidencing the same. Wright is also expected to identify current and past trustees and beneficiaries of the blind trust under oath, and finally, allow for further deposition, with reference to the ownership and control of the disputed Bitcoins.

Based on the information, demands, and compromises presented by both the parties, the court stated that Wright’s deemed “Motion for Protective Order” is denied. Prior to 1700 ET on May 8, Craig Wright is expected to “provide to Plaintiffs a sworn declaration identifying the name and location of the blind trust, the name and contact information for the current trustee and any past trustees, and the names and contact information of any current or past beneficiaries”.

The order adds that prior to 1700 ET on May 9, Wright should produce a copy of documents detailing the “formation, administration, and operation of the blind trust” to the plaintiffs. Lastly, the clincher, on or prior to 1700 ET on May 15, all “transactional records” of the blind trust pertaining to the transfer of said Bitcoin in 2011 should be produced.

Wright and Dave Kleiman, almost a decade ago, joined hands to create a Bitcoin mining company titled W&K Info Defence Research LLC. The business endeavor, however, according to the plaintiffs, resulted in Wright “defrauding” Klieman of 1.1 million Bitcoins. In April 2013, Kleiman passed away due to an MRSA infection.

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JP Morgan: Big banks stand corrected as Bitcoin rally past intrinsic value; admits current surge mirrors 2017 rise




JP Morgan: Big bank stands corrected at Bitcoin rally past intrinsic value; admits current surge mirrors 2017 rise
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Big banks are riding a FOMO wave as the Bitcoin bull-run is just beginning. Spearheaded by the changing colors of JP Morgan, which recently forayed into the digital assets world, the banking elite is now suggesting that their initial stance on Bitcoin and the larger cryptocurrency world might have been off.

A recent chart by JP Morgan shows the current BTC price veer upwards chiding the “intrinsic value” the big bank placed on the virtual currency.

Based on the article by Bloomberg, the price of the coin would reverse towards the end of December 2018 and then make marginal gains until May 2019, all under the $5,000 mark. In reality, the BTC price, after dropping to “rock bottom” at just above $3,100 in early December 2018, edged upwards.

Several spurts of growth were seen in early January and February, prior to a massive April ascendance. On April 2, Bitcoin did away with the bank’s value mode and amassed a daily gain of over 15 percent, fuelling its current rise. Breaking the $5,000 ceiling in the process, which was pegged to remain intact well into May 2019, the king coin is now almost $3,000 ahead of the mark and is not looking to stop.

Source: Bloomberg

It should be noted that JP Morgan’s “intrinsic value” is calculated on the basis of the marginal cost of production, electricity prices, and hash rates. This model does not take into account, at least on absolute terms, the anticipatory effect of the 2020 halving, which, according to a slew of analysts is the behind the price rise.

Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, the MD in the Global Market Strategy team at JP Morgan stated that Bitcoin breaking through its “intrinsic value” showed signs of mirroring its 2017 bull run. He evidenced this move by comparing the pre-December 2017 slump to the one seen prior to the current bullish swing.

The analyst added:

“Over the past few days, the actual price has moved sharply over marginal cost. This divergence between actual and intrinsic values carries some echoes of the spike higher in late 2017, and at the time this divergence was resolved mostly by a reduction in actual prices.”

With the analyst admitting that the imparting of an “intrinsic or fair value” to a cryptocurrency, much less a volatile one like Bitcoin, is a “challenging” ordeal, a mere JP Morgan acknowledgement of a Bitcoin bull-run is a remarkable sign for the digital assets industry, especially given the bank’s and its CEO Jamie Dimon’s Bitcoin-bashing in the past.

Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro attested to the same, adding a key point that JP Morgan failed to take into account in their calculation. He stated:

“Great to see JPM finally admitting that Bitcoin has intrinsic value.
Now wait till they understand that miners who run a surplus tend to begin hording.”

Despite Bitcoin slumping at press time, recording a 1.23 percent decline against the dollar, the prospects look positive. After recording a massive gain on 19 May, briefly surging past $8,000 for the second time in a week, Bitcoin created a High-Low [HL] at $7,100, which many analysts look at with glee.

This HL immediately following last week’s pull-back caused due to post-Consensus bears, a Bitstamp sell-order and market correction showed the king coin’s bullish persistence and can even be a foundation for a $9,000 ascendance, defying any “intrinsic value” expectations.

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