Lawyer Argues Tezos Suit "Should Be Heard in Switzerland"

Drew Hinkes, a miami-based partner at legal firm Berger and Singermann has discussed the legal dispute over the approximately $232 million USD raised by the Tezos ICO. Last month, news.Bitcoin.com reported that the founders of Tezos had entered into a legal battle with the chairman of a Swiss foundation comprising an independent third party tasked with managing funds raised during the Tezos ICO.

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Mr. Hinkes Has Shared His Views Regarding the Tezos Case

Lawyer Argues Tezos Suit "Should Be Heard in Switzerland"Mr. Hinkes has not dismissed the possibility that the suit filed against Tezos may be successful, stating that a key factor in determining the outcome of the litigation will be “how the court treats the terms and conditions of Tezos’ initial coin offering (ICO).”

“One of the first issues argued might be whether the case can be heard in California, and whether the case can be filed as a class action, or whether the terms and conditions, which bar class or collective proceedings and require claims to be brought in an ordinary court in Zug, Switzerland, will be enforced against the plaintiff, which may result in the California case being dismissed.“

Mr. Hinkes anticipates that “Tezos will probably defend itself in the class action suit. The court may decide that, based on the terms that govern the ‘contributions’ by investors to Tezos.” In his opinion, “the suit should be heard in Switzerland, and cannot be brought as a class action.” Mr. Hinkes adds that such “ would effectively mean that investors waive their right to sue Tezos for restitution through a Read More Here