In a recent court filing, legal representatives of basketball icon Shaquille O’Neal, also known as Shaq, claimed he wasn’t duly served with the FTX class-action lawsuit. According to the document, the servers are alleged to have thrown court documents at Shaq’s car, ultimately landing on the public street near his Georgia residence.
Shaq’s legal team fights back against FTX lawsuit
In Monday’s legal filing, Shaq’s lawyers contested the proper service claims, following the Moskowitz Law Firm’s disclosure that they had served O’Neal. The service was recorded on his home security system. “We made it very clear that he is not to destroy or erase any of these security tapes, because they must be preserved for our lawsuit,” Moskowitz Tweeted in the statement.
Nonetheless, attorneys for Shaq argumented that the purported delivery of the goods at his Georgia property was not valid legally. They say that process servers gathered outside Shaq’s residence without identifying themselves and state that court documents were thrown at the NBA star’s vehicle before falling onto the public road as he departed. His lawyers say that the process server simply left the paperwork outside.
Moskowitz alleges that O’Neal evaded their process servers for many months while other celebrities accepted complaints. The latest court document claims Moskowitz’s servers missed the deadline to serve O’Neal. O’Neal’s attorneys argue that plaintiffs had numerous attempts to serve him properly, stating, “Mr. O’Neal has not evaded service by failing to be at the residences where plaintiffs belatedly attempted service or by driving past strangers who approached his car.”
The charges against O’Neal include his promotion of FTX and its former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried as a co-defendant. Furthermore, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Stephen Curry, Udonis Haslem, David Ortiz, William Trevor Lawrence, Shohei Ohtani, Naomi Osaka, Lawrence Gene David, Kevin O’Leary, the Miami-based Garrison v. Bankman-Fried, 22-cv-23753 case, and the NBA team and Golden State Warriors are also defendants in this lawsuit.
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