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Shaq Can’t Be Subpoenaed Via Twitter, Instagram DMs In FTX Class-Action Suit, Judge Rules

A Florida judge has denied a request to serve Shaquille O’Neal electronically with a summons in a class-action lawsuit involving FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried and other celebrity spokespeople. The lawsuit alleges that celebrities involved in promoting the company did not properly disclose their compensation. O’Neal is the only defendant in the lawsuit who has yet to be served by attorneys, with lawyers seeking to serve him electronically via his Twitter and Instagram direct messages. However, the judge ruled against this method, calling it “factually unsupported and legally insufficient.” The clock is ticking for the lawyers to serve O’Neal by 17 April or the case may proceed without him. The advent of technology has brought about significant changes in how legal proceedings are conducted, but in Shaq’s case, the court has ruled that traditional means must be used.

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