Chris Principe’s motion for entry of default rejected (OneCoin)
Chris Principe’s defamation case against Tim Tayshun continues, with the latest seeing a motion for entry rejected and filed answer to Principe’s complaint.
Less than twenty-four hours after the deadline to respond had passed, Chris Principe’s attorney filed for an entry of default with the Court Clerk.
The deadline to respond, as cited in Principe’s motion, was August 2nd. The motion for an entry of default was filed on August 3rd, the same day Tayshun filed a response to the complaint.
On August 4th the Court Clerk rejected Principe’s motion because ‘the name of the person served does not exactly match the person named in complaint‘.
Principe was given the option of refiling but evidently chose not to.
Waiting less than 24 hours to file a motion for entry of default reveals that Principe might not intend the case to go to trial.
Typically (as witnessed in the many MLM related lawsuits I’ve covered over the years), a plaintiff will wait at least a month before filing for an entry of default.
The courts are pretty lenient with response deadlines, although longer delays typically require an explanation (and even then if the defendant has shown a good faith effort to respond judge’s are again pretty lenient).
In any event with an answer now filed Principe now finds his lawsuit progressing towards trial.
Tayshun’s response to Principe’s lawsuit is a mixture of admitting facts in Principe’s lawsuit, citing a lack of knowledge to respond to a number of allegations and denying the remainder.
Tayshun explicitly denies ‘OneCoin is a cryptocurrency or competitor to BitCoin‘ and raises fourteen affirmative defenses:
- protected speech
- good motive-fair comment
- public figure
- lack of malice
- substantial truth
- lack of damage caused by defendant
- failure to mitigate damgaes
- unclean hands
- justification and
- punitive damages unsupported
Chris Principe meanwhile continues to kick self-goals against his professional reputation.
As per OneCoin promotional material, Principe is set to share the stage with convicted felon Tom McMurrain and other OneCoin investors later this month:
In his complaint against Tayshun, Principe claimed he’d never received compensation from OneCoin LTD or Ruja Ignatova. Whether Principe receives compensation from any of OneCoin’s numerous shell companies is unclear.
I imagine however it’s only a matter of time before discovery reveals how Principe is being paid to appear at OneCoin events.
And how Principe intends to argue professional reputation defamation in court when he’s running around the world promoting a Ponzi scheme will certainly be interesting, but I digress.
On August 7th Judge Staton set a Scheduling Conference for September 29th. A Joint Report must be filed between 14 and 21 days prior to that date and will likely be our next update on the case.
Update 14th October 2017 – In various orders made on October 10th, the following dates have been set:
- Final Pretrial Conference – 5th October, 2018
- Jury Trial – 30th October, 2018
- Mediation Panel to take place no later than 7th August, 2018
OneCoin affiliate recruitment has collapsed, meaning it’s unlikely the Ponzi scheme will be around in a year.
This casts serious doubt on whether Principe will be able to see the case go to trial (no point losing in court when you can quietly settle and pretend it never happened).
Update 12th April 2018 – As per a March 30th agreement, a settlement between Chris Principe and Tim Curry has been reached.