Australian computer scientist Craig Wright prevailed in a Miami civil trial verdict Monday against the family of his deceased business partner over a cryptocurrency fortune estimated at $54 billion.
In a 2016 blog post, Wright implied that he was Satoshi Nakamoto--which is the pseudonym used by the person(s) who developed bitcoin.
But the family of his late business partner David Kleiman, says that together, the two were co-inventors and that they are owed half of the tremendous bitcoin cache presumed to be in the position of the person or persons going by Satoshi Nakamoto.
A South Florida jury found that Wright did not owe half of the bitcoin to the Kleinman family.
Kleinman and Wright were partners in a joint venture, W&K Information Defense Research LLC which did win a judgment on one of the charges of breach of intellectual property rights and was awarded $100 million.
The bitcoin community has called on Wright to prove that he is in fact the infamous Nakamoto by moving just a fraction of the coins into a separate account to prove ownership. Wright says that he would prove ownership if he wins the case and that he will donate much of the bitcoin fortune to charity if he were to win at trial.