- William Kanaan
High Court permits service of documents via non-fungible token
The High Court allowed service of documents on persons unknown via non-fungible token (NFT) blockchain and by email, in what is thought to be the first case permitting alternative service by this method.
The claim relates to an alleged fraudulent misappropriation of cryptocurrency.
The court granted service by alternative means by email and NFT. Service by NFT would be a form of airdrop into the digital wallets to which the claimant had transferred assets to those behind the website. Dropping the documents into the system would embed the service in the blockchain. That was likely to lead to a greater prospect of those behind the website being put on notice of the making of the court order and the commencement of the proceedings.
D'Aloia v Persons Unknown and others  EWHC 1723 (Ch) (24 June 2022)