UPDATE (4th June 18:10 BST): The report has been updated with comment from Steven Ragland, the attorney representing Wences Casares.
Several Xapo executives including founder and CEO Wences Casares are being sued for alleged contract violations.
The suit, filed in August 2014 by online identity firm LifeLock, alleges breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty against Casares, president and general counsel Cindy McAdam, and founder and COO Federico Murrone.
Xapo employees Fabian Cuesta and Martin Apesteguia were also identified in the suit, according to a report by Fortune.
LifeLock purchased Lemon, a digital wallet platform, for $42.6m in December 2013. The defendants named in the suit were employees of Lemon at the time it was purchased.
According to the criminal complaint filed by LifeLock, the software underpinning Xapo, as well as related intellectual property, was "developed by Lemon's employees, in Lemon's facilities, on Lemon's computers, and on Lemon's dime."
Lemon alleged that it later learned that Xapo's employees included the aforementioned defendants following the publication of a New York Times article on 14 March last year.
The complaint noted:
Lemon is seeking damages and remedies has requested a trial by jury.
Following the publication of this article, CoinDesk was contacted by attorney Steven Ragland, who is representing Casares in the lawsuit. In a statement, he called the allegations "baseless", arguing:
The full complaint can be found below:
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