‘Roaring Kitty’ fraud lawsuit over GameStop drops after 3 days

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A GameStop (GME) investor who sued Keith ‘Roaring Kitty’ Gill over alleged securities fraud has dropped his lawsuit just three days after filing it. 

Plaintiff Martin Radev dropped the suit on June 1 after submitting a voluntary motion to dismiss in the Eastern District Court of New York.

GameStop investor Martin Radev dropped the lawsuit within three days of filing it. Source: CourtListener

It’s not clear why the lawsuit was dropped so quickly and the law firm representing Radev — Pomerantz Law — did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.

The suit was dropped “without prejudice,” meaning that Radev can file a similar lawsuit again in the future.

The lawsuit was first filed on June 28, with Radev alleging that Gill had used his influence on social media to orchestrate a “pump and dump” scheme that artificially inflated the price of GameStop shares for his own financial benefit, causing investor losses in the process.

Radev alleged that Gill had committed securities fraud by failing to let his followers and other GME investors know that he planned to sell some 120,000 call options of GME ahead of their June 21 expiration date.

While the sudden dismissal of the suit may have come as a surprise to some, one lawyer predicated the

In a June 30 blog post, Eric Rosen, a former federal prosecutor and founding partner at the law firm Dynamis LLP, said the lawsuit rested on three main arguments that could be easily shot down by a “well crafted” motion to dismiss from Gill.

Rosen said Radev would struggle to prove that Gill had committed fraud, adding that he was clearly trying to profit from the hype of Gill’s tweets and would struggle to prove himself a “reasonable investor” in a court of law.

“It is unreasonable to purchase securities simply because an individual named Roaring Kitty posted innocuous tweets on social media.”

Related: GameStop rally sends Roaring Kitty’s shares to $1B

Gill — the man behind the GameStop short squeeze of 2021 — made a surprise comeback from a two-year social media hiatus on May 13, posting a series of cryptic memes to his X account, sparking massive volatility in the price of GameStop in the months following.

Roaring Kitty’s return spared massive volatility in the price of GameStop shares. Source: TradingView

Gill also made several posts on Reddit in early June, disclosing some 120,000 GME call options with a June 231 expiry date. He exercized these calls before their expiry date and used the profits to add a further 4 million GME shares to his portfolio.

Gills’ most recent move has been to acquire nine million shares in the United States-based pet retailer Chewy, accounting for a 6.6% ownership stake in the firm.

Several commentators have suggested that Gill could be gearing up to pull off another GameStop-style short squeeze with Chewy, while others say the attention from his purchases will be enough to lift the price of the stock regardless.

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