Plaintiff Gets Default Judgment Against Hackers After Serving Court Papers via NFT, a Legal First

Sander Lutz reports:

A federal judge in Florida has ruled in favor of a plaintiff who sued anonymous hackers and issued formal notice of the legal action via NFT, according to recent court filings.

The ruling, a default judgment from Judge Beth Bloom of the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, declares that the unidentified hackers are on the hook for the $971,291 worth of USDT (Tether) that they stole from plaintiff Rangan Bandyopadhyay’s Coinbase wallet in December 2021.


Judge Bloom’s determination that NFTs constituted a legitimate form of legal notification for these defendants marks the first time an American federal court has allowed defendants to be served by NFT.

Read more at Decrypt.

The case is:
1:22-cv-22907-BB BANDYOPADHYAY v. Defendant 1 et al

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