Craig Wright, the chief scientist of blockchain startup nChain who once claimed to be bitcoin's pseudonymous creator, has filed a motion in U.S. federal court to dismiss a billion-dollar lawsuit filed against him.
As previously reported, Wright is being sued by Ira Kleiman, filed the lawsuit in February on behalf of the estate of his brother, the late Dave Kleiman. Dave Kleiman, an author and forensic computer investigator, was previously linked to the development of bitcoin in its earliest days, and later died in 2013 following a battle with MRSA.
Ira Kleiman accused Wright of scheming to “seize Dave's bitcoins and his rights to certain intellectual property associated with the Bitcoin technology,” and is seeking the roughly 1.1 million bitcoins (worth roughly $8.8 billion as of press time) or its “fair market value,” as well as compensation for the IP claims.
In a court filing dated April 16, Wright – who is being represented in the suit by Miami law firm Rivero Mestre L..