Family Feud: Bankman-Fried’s Parents Fight Back Against FTX’s Claims

In Cryptocurrency Legal Battle, FTX Founder’s Parents Fight Back


In a legal battle that has the potential to shape the cryptocurrency industry, Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, the parents of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against them by the bankrupt crypto exchange FTX. The lawsuit, filed in September 2023, accuses Bankman and Fried of benefiting themselves at the expense of FTX’s debtors. However, the accused parents deny these claims and argue that their relationship with their son does not warrant legal action.

Claims and Counterclaims

FTX’s lawsuit lacks specific details regarding the total amount allegedly misused by Bankman and Fried. However, it does mention Bankman’s salary, property purchases, and donations to Stanford University. In response, Bankman and Fried’s legal team from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads challenges the lawsuit’s claims, demanding more specific accusations and a higher burden of proof. They argue that there was no fiduciary relationship between the parents and FTX, and no official positions held, questioning the legal basis for holding a parent-child relationship liable.

Defense Strategy and Implications

The defense strategy focuses on the lack of evidence to hold Bankman and Fried accountable for the alleged misconduct. They insist on FTX providing concrete facts that prove the parents’ “actual knowledge” of any wrongful acts. Additionally, they call for a higher burden of proof to be met by FTX in their legal pursuit. This ongoing legal battle extends beyond a family dispute and could set important precedents in the crypto world. The outcome of this case may influence how crypto exchanges and their affiliates are held accountable in the future.

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