HDR, the parent company of crypto trading platform BitMEX, which was charged with facilitating unregistered trading in October last year, faces new “smoking gun” evidence, according to a motion filed by the plaintiffs.
- The notice filed Tuesday requested that the stay on discovery currently in place be lifted and that the normal discovery process be allowed to progress.
- BitMEX and senior executives, including CEO Arthur Hayes and company owners Benjamin Delo and Samuel Reed, were charged with facilitating unregistered trading and other violations.
- The civil lawsuit brought by plaintiffs BMA LLC, Yaroslav Kolchin, Vitaly Dubinin and others at the end of October 2020 alleges that Hayes, Delo and Reed absconded with over $440 million of proceeds from nefarious activities to reduce the assets seized by authorities when charges were brought.
- HDR denied the charges through a spokesperson, calling the claims "spurious."
- The plaintiffs will move to lift the current stay on discovery on July 14 "in view of both ample and detailed facts and overwhelming documentary evidence."
- The alleged "smoking gun evidence" includes photographs, screenshots and impartial witness statements which the plaintiffs claim should prove market manipulation on the part of BitMEX.
- BitMEX did not immediately respond to CoinDesk's request for comment.