Cryptocurrency Casino and Betting Platform Stake.com Hit With $400M Lawsuit
Cryptocurrency casino and betting platform Stake.com is facing a $400 million lawsuit from a former associate. The lawsuit alleges that the associate was cut out from participating in the creation of the site.
Stake.com, a cryptocurrency casino and sporting betting platform, is facing a $400 million lawsuit, as a former associate is alleging that he was misled into not participating in the formation of Stake.com. Christopher Freeman filed the lawsuit in the Southern District of New York and is seeking punitive damages and payment for his investment in the company that preceded Stake.com.
The court complaint says that Freeman was a friend of co-founder Bijan Tehrani and that both of them had decided to set up a casino business called Primedice. Freeman claims that he had a 20% stake in Primedice, with co-founders Tehrani and Ed Craven having 40% each.
He said that his holdings had been dropped to 14% as his initial stake had been reduced to reward members of the development team. Freeman alleged that he was discouraged from joining Stake.com, after having suggested that a cryptocurrency casino would be successful. It goes on to say that his Primedice account was blocked and never returned.
Stake.com has denied any of the allegations, saying that it was “internally inconsistent, intentionally misleading, and provably false.” The founders believe that the court will dismiss the case.
Stake.com has also run into some trouble with the English football club Everton FC. The club told Stake.com, which is its sponsor, to stop using its imagery in an international promotion offer that gives a free $10 bet to anyone who wagers $5,000 in the space of a week. The decision comes as football fans and campaign groups criticize the scheme.— Stake.com (@Stake)