OneCoin class-action stayed over defendant service issues
Proceedings in the OneCoin victim class-action have hit a snag, due to difficulty in executing service on several defendants.
In order for a civil case to proceed, service must be executed on all named defendants.,
As at the time of publication, defendants OneCoin LTD, Ruja Ignatova and Sebastian Greenwood have not been served.
On August 23rd the court ordered lead plaintiff Donald Berdeaux to file a letter, informing the court of service status on OneCoin, Ignatova and Greenwood.
In Berdeaux’s filed letter it was confirmed service had not been executed.
OneCoin LTD. and Ruja Ignatova are domiciled in Bulgaria and are believed to be evading service.
Sebastian Greenwood, similarly, is domiciled in Sweden, and is believed to be evading service.
Berdeaux’s letter also revealed permission to use alternative service (email) would be sought “in the near future”.
The same day Judge Caproni ordered Berdeaux to “file a letter on the first business day of each month updating the Court on his efforts to effect service on all Defendants who have not been served.”
Berdeaux’s filing order begins from September 3rd. In the meantime, the class-action is stayed pending further notice.
Update 4th September 2019 – A September 3rd filed letter to the court reveals that
As of the day of this letter, six Defendants remain unserved: (1) OneCoin Ltd; (2) Ruja Ignatova; (3) Sebastian Greenwoo; (4) Irina Andreeva Dilinska; (5) David Pike; and (6) Nicole J. Huesmann.
With respect to Defendants OneCoin, Ignatova, Greenwood, and Dilinska — all of whom reside in Europe — Plaintiffs intend to file a Motion for Leave to Effectuate Alternative Electronic Service upon these foreign Defendants before Plaintiff’s next status update letter is due on October 1, 2019.
As to Defendants Pike and Huesmann, these individuals — who are believed to reside in Florida — were added to the case as new parties in Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint.
Plaintiff’s counsel have engaged a process service, and service will be attempted on both Pike and Huesmann this week.
Pending any unexpected developments, our next update should be around October 1st.