Hans Niemann filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court (Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division). Plaintiff Hans Moke Niemann, represented by his attorneys Oved & Oved LLP and local Missouri counsel The Gartner Law Firm, is seeking a total of 400 million USD in damages from “Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen aka Magnus Carlsen, Play Magnus as Play Magnus Group, Chess.com LLC, Daniel Rensch aka Danny Rensch, and Hikaru Nakamura”.
Initially assigned judge Ronnie Lee White described Niemann’s Complaint as procedurally defective, later recusing himself from the case with the explanation that there are circumstances present in this case that could require recusal under 28 U.S.C. § 455. The case was reassigned to Judge Audrey Fleissig.
Magnus Carlsen, chess.com, and Daniel Rensch yesterday filed a motion to dismiss Niemann’s complaints. Carlsen’s filing says that Niemann is an admitted cheater who “wants to cash in by blaming others for the fallout from his own admitted misconduct”, while Rensch says in his filing that “the Court lacks personal jurisdiction over him”.
“After years of trying to curate a reputation as the bad boy of chess, Plaintiff Hans Niemann wants to cash in by blaming others for the fallout from his own admitted misconduct. Niemann’s Amended Complaint concedes that he has a well-known history of cheating. But rather than dealing with the unsurprising consequences of his own actions, Niemann now seeks to shift blame to reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen and others, claiming a wholly implausible conspiracy to defame and boycott Niemann that somehow damaged his already dubious reputation to the tune of $100 million“, reads Carlsen’s filing.
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