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US Judge Refuses Kim Kardashian’s Plea to Dismiss Crypto Lawsuit

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Updated by Geraint Price
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In Brief

  • A US judge rejected Kim Kardashian’s plea to dismiss an EMAX lawsuit.
  • Investors filed a class action lawsuit against Kardashian for falsely advertising EMAX cryptocurrency.
  • Last year, the US SEC fined her $1.26 million.
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The American media personality Kim Kardashian has lost a battle to have her case for allegedly scamming EMAX crypto investors thrown out.

Kardashian was fined $1.26 million last October after allegations that she broke US rules by promoting EthereumMax (EMAX) tokens. The SEC said Kardashian didn’t disclose that she was paid $250,000 to post about the token on her Instagram account.

Crypto projects ran aggressive marketing campaigns through media personalities. But, as the bubble burst in 2022, many celebrities and influencers ran into trouble for promoting cryptocurrencies without due diligence.

Posts Were Misleading: Judge 

According to Bloomberg, US District Judge Michael Fitzgerald rejected Kardashian’s plea to dismiss the EMAX lawsuit. She faces allegations of falsely advertising the EMAX tokens.

Judge Fitzgerald believes the posts highlighting EMAX token scarcity were misleading.

In January 2022, investors filed a lawsuit against Kardashian for promoting EMAX tokens. Later, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fined her for not disclosing the payment she received for promoting EMAX.

Kardashian had to settle the charges by paying $1.26 million. This included $1 million plus the $250,000 she received for the promotion and additional interest.

Due to the crypto winter in 2022, many other celebrities also came into trouble for promoting various crypto projects.

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...