Coinbase-Cryptsy Lawsuit Will Head to Jury Trial

Coinbase has lost another appeal in a lawsuit brought by former customers of the defunct cryptocurrency exchange Cryptsy, and the case will now proceed to a jury trial.

An appeals court in Georgia on Monday affirmed a lower court’s denial of Coinbase’s appeal of the case, which blames the company for failing to stop Cryptsy’s chief executive from allegedly absconding with his customers’ money.

In the case, plaintiff Brandon Leidel, who was a Cryptsy customer, claims that Coinbase should have actively helped prevent Cryptsy CEO Paul Vernon from laundering the funds through a Coinbase wallet.

Vernon allegedly used Coinbase to launder millions of dollars he is accused of stealing from his customers prior to Cryptsy’s collapse, as previously reported.

Coinbase tried to negotiate the case in arbitration by pointing at user agreements Vernon signed when he first began using the wallet. However, a judge ruled last year that Cryptsy’s customers are not bound by the same agreements that Vernon was, and therefore are not required to arbitrate the case.

Coinbase appealed this decision, but the appeal was denied by a district court…

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