Elon Musk facing $258B lawsuit for promoting Dogecoin ‘pyramid scheme’
The lawsuit alleges that Elon Musk and his companies were involved in a "crypto pyramid scheme" related to the popular dog-themed cryptocurrency Dogecoin.
The lawsuit seeks a $258 billion settlement over Musk’s alleged involvement in the claimants being “defrauded out of money” by the Dogecoin (DOGE) cryptocurrency.
The class-action lawsuit was brought forward by Keith Johnson, “an American citizen who was defrauded out of money by defendants’ Dogecoin Crypto Pyramid Scheme,” who is claiming that Elon Musk and his companies are part of a racketeering operation that aims to raise the price of Dogecoin artificially.
Keith Johnson is seeking $86 billion in damages in addition to treble damages of $172 billion on behalf of a group of investors who allegedly lost money after trading Dogecoin starting in 2019. Additionally, Johnson is seeking an order that stops Musk and the companies he is associated with from promoting the dog-themed cryptocurrency. He also requests that Elon Musk and his companies declare that trading Dogecoin is considered gambling under the US and New York laws.
According to the lawsuit filed on Thursday, Musk and his companies “falsely and deceptively claim that Dogecoin is a legitimate investment when it has no value at all,” which is most likely a reference to the SpaceX founder’s many tweets endorsing the meme-based cryptocurrency.
For example, Dogecoin’s price grew by 8% in March this year after he gave tips on surviving tough economic times, advice that included him saying that he would hold onto his Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Doge.
The lawsuit goes on to claim that Musk and his corporations (Tesla and SpaceX) “began purchasing, developing, promoting, supporting, and operating Dogecoin since 2019”, which in turn led to the plaintiff and the class losing “approximately $86 billion in this Crypto Pyramid Scheme.
Elon Musk has yet to comment on this lawsuit, but he does have a history of promoting Dogecoin via his companies and social media. Earlier this year, Elon Musk’s electronic car company Tesla announced that they would be accepting Dogecoin payments for purchases. In April 2021, Dogecoin pumped by 10% after Elon Musk tweeted about using SpaceX to put a literal Dogecoin on the moon.