FTX victim lawyers ask the NBA superstar to stop running and accept the legal complaint.
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has been allegedly avoiding service of a legal complaint tied to the crypto exchange FTX collapse.
On April 14th, the law firm representing the victims publicly ask for his "courtesy and honor" in accepting the complaint.
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The Moskowitz Law Firm tweeted that their team has been waiting outside the TNT studios in Atlanta, where O'Neal works as a TV host, attempting to serve him on behalf of FTX investors. His security guards have prevented them from delivering the legal complaint linked to O'Neal's past endorsement of the now-bankrupt crypto exchange.
The law firm points out that O'Neal is the only individual among the "FTX celebrities" named in the class-action lawsuit who hasn't been served. Other celebrities involved in the case include Tom Brady, Steph Curry, and Larry David.
According to the firm, O'Neal has been avoiding them "for three months" and should allow their process servers to deliver the legal complaint so he can defend his actions.
An April 7th court filing revealed that multiple attempts to serve O'Neal in various locations have failed. The document reads:
Mr. O’Neal is the sole remaining defendant in this matter who has still not been served. Despite Plaintiffs’ dozens of attempts in multiple states and countries, to either effect service on him or have him (or a designated agent) accept service of process.
The court filing also discloses that after an attempt to serve O'Neal at his Texas residence, a process server named Mr. Shaw received a threatening message mentioning his wife.
The plaintiffs now believe it's "finally time" to try contacting O'Neal through other means, including "direct messages to his verified social media accounts."
The move comes over a month after US District Judge Kevin Moore considered dismissing both O'Neal and tennis star Naomi Osaki from the lawsuit due to uncertainty about whether they had been served.
Moore issued a paperless order, giving FTX customers until December 2023 to provide justification for including both celebrities in the lawsuit.
In other FTX-related news, a Swiss court has granted the company approval to sell its European business.