ACADEMIC WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE INVENTED BITCOIN AWARDED JUST £1 AFTER ‘DELIBERATELY FALSE’ LIBEL EVIDENCE

On 1 August, the Law Society Gazette reported that, in the High Court in London, an academic who claims to have invented the bitcoin digital currency has won a libel case against a blogger who accused him of fraud – but will receive just £1 in damages after a judge ruled he had made a ‘deliberately false case’ about the harm caused.  While tweets had defamed Dr Craig Wright, an Australian computer scientist, who claims to be ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’, but because Wright ‘advanced a deliberately false case and put forward deliberately false evidence’, he ‘should receive only nominal damages’.

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/dr-bitcoin-awarded-1-after-deliberately-false-libel-evidence/5113293.article

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/dr-bitcoin-denies-fabricating-evidence-of-libel-harm/5112586.article

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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