Twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss — well-known for suing Mark Zuckerberg claiming he stole their concept for Fb — are suing an investor in a marijuana startup for portraying them as deadbeats.
Lawyer Charles More durable, who helped rating a $one hundred forty million verdict towards Gawker in Hulk Hogan’s invasion of privateness case, is representing the Winklevosses in a brand new Manhattan Supreme Courtroom go well with towards skilled investor Todd Steinberg.
Steinberg sued the entrepreneurial twins in Delaware in February for allegedly backing out of a $500,000 deal to purchase inventory within the pot-supply app Eaze, generally known as the ‘Uber of weed.’ One in every of its backers is rapper and pot advocate Snoop Dogg.
Steinberg advised The Publish in June, “Simply since you are wealthy and well-known doesn’t imply you possibly can default.”
“I consider in honoring my commitments. Sadly, I’ve had the other expertise with Cameron and Tyler,” he added.
The twins say of their go well with that Steinberg knew the deal was contingent upon approval from Eaze, which by no means occurred partially as a result of the corporate switched CEOs in December.
“Whereas Steinberg was fashioning himself because the sufferer, he was, as an alternative, the aggressor,” the go well with says.
He tried to bully the Winklevosses by threatening to go public together with his claims in the event that they didn’t pay up, based on courtroom papers.
They refused to undergo the “extortionist techniques,” the go well with says.
Nonetheless, Steinberg has “induced hurt to their skilled fame and potential financial alternatives,” in line with courtroom papers.
The twins are looking for unspecified damages. Steinberg withdrew the Delaware go well with in September. He referred to as the defamation go well with “frivolous and misleading.”
“It’s additionally a great instance of how the highly effective elite typically use our authorized system to intimidate and silence those that would stand as much as them,” Steinberg stated.