In a short-term win for bitcoin advocate Charlie Shrem, a federal judge has lifted the freeze on Shrem’s financial accounts in an ongoing legal battle against the Winklevoss twins.
Shrem’s financial accounts and assets were temporarily frozen via an attachment order following the suit’s initial filing. The order allowed the U.S. Marshall for the Southern District to freeze Shrem’s assets, instructing cryptocurrency companies like Coinbase and Xapo and legacy financial institutions to freeze Shrem’s assets up to $30 million, the amount the Winklevosses are seeking in damages.
The Winklevoss twins have filed a lawsuit against bitcoin investor Charlie Shrem, alleging that Shrem “stole” 5,000 bitcoins from them in 2012.
According to a recent report released by the New York Times, Charlie Shrem has made several large purchases over the past year, including multiple real estate properties, luxury cars, powerboats and a $2 million house.
JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon is famous for his bombastic bitcoin bashing, but the vocal bitcoin critic had been largely silent on the flagship cryptocurrency over the course of the past two months.
Themis Trading LLC, an equities brokerage agency for institutions, has joined the attack on CME Group’s decision to launch bitcoin futures. A recent blog on the company’s website argues that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) should not approve CME’s bitcoin futures.