Legendary NBA center Shaquille O’Neal (51), who was sued by the victims of the giant virtual currency exchange FTX, which went bankrupt last year, has been rumored for his ability to evade on a different level.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on the 17th (local time) that victims who filed a lawsuit against celebrities who appeared in FTX commercials are struggling to find a way to deliver their complaint to O’Neill.
FTX victims filed a class action lawsuit at the end of last year for reasons such as false information about virtual currencies endorsed by celebrities such as O’Neill in advertisements.
Unlike Korea, where the court serves a copy of the complaint on the defendant in a civil lawsuit, in the US, the plaintiff filing the lawsuit must deliver the complaint to the defendant through a specialized company within 120 days.
Celebrities who became the subject of a class action suit for promoting FTX, such as American football star Tom Brady, NBA star Stephen Curry, and women’s tennis world No. 1 Naomi Osaka, filed complaints.
However, the plaintiff’s안전놀이터 claim is that O’Neill, the only one among the defendants, has been completely avoiding the delivery of the complaint for several months.
Warrant forwarders sent people to O’Neill’s mansions in Texas and Georgia, as well as to his divorced wife’s, but failed to find O’Neill.
Staff were stationed in front of the studio where O’Neill appeared for a week, but the complaint was not delivered due to security guards’ restraints.
The lawsuit delivery company also claimed to have delivered the complaint after throwing the documents related to the lawsuit at the car O’Neill was driving, but it is in a state of confrontation with O’Neill’s objection that it has never formally received the complaint.
The plaintiff’s lawyer was embarrassed, saying, “This is the first time in 30 years of litigation experience.”
Regarding this, O’Neill’s side claims that it has never evaded the delivery of the complaint.
O’Neill’s lawyer insisted, “The plaintiff only visited the house late when O’Neill was out, but he did not intentionally avoid it.”
However, O’Neill’s side asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds that the complaint was not delivered within the period.
The court denied O’Neill’s request.
According to US law, the court may extend the period if the complaint is not delivered within the period. In addition, depending on the state, if it is recognized that it is impossible to deliver the complaint directly, alternatives such as attaching the complaint to the residence or placing advertisements in newspapers are permitted.