Kim Kardashian Likely to Win Lawsuit Over Involvement With EthereumMax

A California district judge decided to dismiss the motion because the complainant was not able to supply sufficient facts.

AccessTimeIconDec 8, 2022 at 12:35 p.m. UTC
Updated Jun 7, 2023 at 10:36 a.m. UTC

CORRECTION (June 7, 2023, 10:31 UTC): Corrects headline and first paragraph to clarify that Kardashian seems likely to win the lawsuit.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian seems likely to win a lawsuit against her and other celebrities over their endorsement of cryptocurrency platform EthereumMax (EMAX) on Tuesday after a judge tentatively dismissed the case due to insufficient allegations

The plaintiffs alleged in January they suffered damages after following celebrity endorsements by the likes of Kardashian, along with retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and National Basketball Association Hall of Famer Paul Pierce.

“The court acknowledges that this action raises legitimate concerns over celebrities’ ability to readily persuade millions of undiscerning followers to buy snake oil with unprecedented ease and reach,” Judge Michael Fitzgerald of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, said in a document of the proceeding.

Nevertheless, the judge decided to dismiss the motion, as expected, because the complainant was not able to supply sufficient facts.

“While the law certainly places limits on those advertisers, it also expects investors to act reasonably before basing their bets on the zeitgeist of the moment,” Fitzgerald said in the document.

Kardashian has had to pay $1.26 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for not disclosing the $250,000 payment she received for promoting EthereumMax.


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