Elon Musk $258B Dogecoin lawsuit adds plaintiffs
The Dogecoin cryptocurrency gained more than 36,000% over a two-year period before it crashed
The $258 billion racketeering lawsuit against Elon Musk has expanded, adding seven new investor plaintiffs and six new defendants.
Musk is accused of running a pyramid scheme to support the cryptocurrency Dogecoin.
Named in the amended complaint filed on Tuesday night in Manhattan federal court is Musk, his electric car company Tesla Inc, his space tourism company SpaceX, his tunnel construction business Boring Co. and others.
The suit claims they intentionally drove up the value of Dogecoin.
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Over a two-year period, Dogecoin gained more than 36,000% and then crashed.
By doing so, the defendants "profited tens of billions of dollars" at other Dogecoin investors' expense, while knowing all along that the currency lacked intrinsic value and that its value "depended solely on marketing," the complaint said.
Tesla, SpaceX and Boring did not immediately respond on Wednesday to requests for comment. Tesla disbanded its media relations department in 2020.
The original lawsuit was filed in June.
Shortly afterward, Musk, tweeted that he would "keep supporting Dogecoin," and in an interview said "people that work around the factory at SpaceX or Tesla" asked him for that support, the amended complaint said.
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Now joining as a new defendant includes the Dogecoin Foundation, which calls itself a nonprofit providing governance and support for Dogecoin.
The $258 billion in damages is triple the estimated decline in Dogecoin's market value since May 2021.
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Dogecoin traded at about 6 cents on Wednesday, down from around 74 cents in May 2021.
Reuters contributed to this report.