- Shaquille O’Neal has finally been served in an FTX class action lawsuit
- O’Neal has evaded service for three months
- The basketball legend is among a clutch of celebrities who promoted FTX to be sued
Lawyers representing a class action brought by FTX customers against FTX, its operators, and promoters have finally served basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal after he evaded them for three months. O’Neal was such an enthusiastic supporter of FTX that the exchange gave him the moniker “Shaqtoshi,” but customers argue that his enthusiasm in fact constituted “misrepresentations and omissions” regarding the platform that caused them to lose money. Despite being in the public eye, and being about ten foot tall, O’Neal has managed to elude process servers for the past three months, making it difficult to serve him with official notice that he is being sued.
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O’Neal is among such celebrities as Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Steph Curry, and Larry David, who promoted FTX through various means and were hit with the class action lawsuit in November last year. The case was filed by Oklahoman Edwin Garrison, an FTX customer, and is being handled by attorneys Adam Moskowitz and David Boies, and while other celebrities have been successfully served, O’Neal managed to evade service, despite his frequent TV appearances, and DJ gigs under the name “DJ Diesel”.
Lawyers were so eager to locate O’Neal before a Monday deadline that they requested the court’s permission to serve him via Twitter, Instagram, and email. However, their request was denied, leading to Moskowitz’s law firm resorting to tweeting at him from outside the TNT studios in Atlanta, where O’Neal is a regular on “The NBA on TNT.”
O’Neal on Tape
Moskowitz stated that they now have video proof of O’Neal being served, and he is “now required to appear in federal court and clarify to his millions of followers his ‘FTX: I Am All In’ false advertising campaign.”
In addition to the Oklahoma class action, a Miami class action lawsuit is claiming $1 billion from crypto influencers who pushed FTX.