In a lawsuit filed today in the New Jersey District Court, Binance alleged an article published by Forbes was defamatory and caused “millions of dollars” in damages.
While questions are already being asked about the merits of the lawsuit, there is no longer any doubt: Binance is getting serious.
Binance has enlisted the services of Charles Harder, the attorney best known for representing Hulk Hogan (Terry Gene Bollea) in a lawsuit against Gawker Media. He obtained $ 115 million in damages for his client in 2016 and another $ 25 million in punitive damages after the defendant posted parts of a sex video on his website.
Harder’s prosecution led directly to the fall of Gawker Media shortly thereafter. Peter Thiel, the billionaire founder of Palantir and co-founder of PayPal, helped fund the lawsuits after Gawker penned a headline mentioning Thiel’s sexual orientation.
Harder also made headlines more recently when he represented Donald J. Trump in another sexually charged case filed by Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) against the President of the United States. In this case, Harder was on the winning side of an anti-SLAPP motion. A “Strategic Public Involvement Lawsuit” is defined as a harassment lawsuit designed to deter critics from posting materials by incurring significant legal costs. It has become a preferred tactic by corporations and pocketbooks, including politicians.
Harder has performed for other members of the Trump family as well, including Melania Trump. In a lawsuit against the British daily Daily Mail, Harder was able to raise $ 2.9 million and apologize after the tabloid alleged that Trump had provided “services that go beyond modeling” earlier in her life. He has also represented Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, on a Vanity Fair case.
However, Härter is not always successful. He did not file a threatening lawsuit against the New York Times on behalf of Harvey Weinstein and later withdrew his representation.
Appears harder pro hac vice (only once) in the case and is therefore unlikely to represent Binance in any other legal proceedings.