A Florida judge has certified a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of customers of the now-defunct digital currency exchange Cryptsy.
In an order issued yesterday, US District Judge Kenneth Marra approved a request by plaintiffs for class action certification, originally filed on 27th July.
According to the order, the certification covers all Cryptsy account holders as of 1st November, 2015. Specifically, it includes anyone "who held bitcoins, alternative cryptocurrencies or any other form of monies or currency" prior to that date on the exchange.
CEO Paul Vernon, one of the defendants named in the class action suit, said at the time that customers were misled about the health of the exchange in order to avoid a "panic".
In yesterday's court order, Marra further wrote:
The certification comes months after the court approved a receiver, handing over control of Crypty's assets in the process.
Despite denying the claims, Vernon, who is believed to be residing somewhere in Asia, has yet to formally respond to the suit in court.
The full court order can be found below:
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