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Bankman-Fried’s parents seek FTX lawsuit dismissal

Bankman and Fried, Stanford Law School professors, contended that there was no fiduciary relationship between Bankman and FTX.

Sam Bankman
Sam Bankman


Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, parents of Sam Bankman-Fried, are seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit against the cryptocurrency exchange giant FTX, currently grappling with bankruptcy claims and allegations of fraudulent fund transfers.

Pending Verdict and Anticipated Recovery:

In September 2023, FTX anticipates reclaiming millions from Bankman and Fried. Meanwhile, two months later, Sam Bankman-Fried faces guilty verdicts on charges related to defrauding U.S. customers, with his sentencing scheduled for March.

Bankman-Fried’s Parents’ Legal Defense:

Despite being law professors at Stanford, Bankman and Fried assert that Bankman had no affiliations with FTX or held any significant roles within the organization. The court filing on January 15th emphasized the absence of a fiduciary relationship between Bankman and FTX.

The lawsuit challenges FTX’s argument that the parents “knew or should have known,” deeming it insufficient. Instead, it contends that FTX must present specific facts proving the parents’ “actual knowledge” of conduct leading to a breach of fiduciary duty.

Insights into Donations to Stanford University:

The September 2023 lawsuit filing by FTX did not disclose the total amount involved, but it highlighted specific details. Bankman’s compensation included a $200,000 annual salary as a senior adviser to the FTX foundation, over $18 million for a property in the Bahamas, and $5.5 million in FTX Group donations to Stanford University. Notably, the University has committed to returning the donated funds.

In navigating the complex legal terrain surrounding FTX, the dynamics of familial ties, legal defenses, and financial transactions intertwine, creating a narrative that unfolds against the backdrop of a cryptocurrency exchange facing significant legal challenges.

January 18, 2024 at 10:20 am

Updated January 18, 2024 at 10:20 am

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