On October 25, 2019, the U.S. government went to war.
In what’s being called the largest government-sanctioned destruction of crops in U.S. history, it destroyed 17 million plants belonging to a private company called Apothio.
Prior to their destruction, these crops were worth $500 million to $1 billion. Afterwards, they were literally worthless.
Today, I’ll explain why this happened, and how Apothio’s owners are planning to get revenge.
Then I’ll show how you could potentially profit by joining their fight against the government.
To set the stage here…
Over the last couple of months, I’ve introduced you to the idea of investing in “alternative” assets like classic cars, art, and wine.
As I explained, a small allocation towards such investments can provide significant benefits — including protection from a stock market crash, providing a hedge against inflation, and boosting your overall returns.
Today, I’ll be introducing a different type of alternative investment: litigation finance.
You see, litigation — the process of taking legal action — can be very costly. Because of this, well-funded corporations or governments have a major advantage over ordinary people.
But litigation funding makes it possible to even the odds. Essentially, it provides funding to the “underdogs” who’d otherwise be out of luck. Let me explain.
A Typical Arrangement
In a typical arrangement, an investor (or group of investors) provides the financial resources to enable costly litigation to proceed.
And if the “underdog” wins the case, the investors earn a percentage of the proceeds.
Over the past ten years, this industry has exploded. As of June 2020, the top-40 litigation financing funds in the U.S. were managing over $9.5 billion.
Some of these funds have achieved annualized returns of 40% to 50% over the past 5-year period. That crushes the stock market.
Unfortunately, these funds are only available to big institutions, and have minimum investments of $1 million+.
But now everyone can access this asset class — starting with as little as $100…
Apothio versus the U.S. Gov’t
This story starts with a company called Apothio.
Apothio is an agricultural company focused on hemp.
In particular, it focuses on industrial-scale hemp production, and developing proprietary formulations to achieve specific clinical outcomes.
In October 2019, the company anticipated harvesting and extracting the byproducts from approximately 17 million plants it had cultivated on more than 450 acres.
But on October 25, 2019, without prior warning, government authorities brought in bulldozers to destroy Apothio’s entire crop. This is believed to be the largest government-sanctioned crop destruction in U.S. history.
Prior to its destruction, Apothio’s crop was worth an estimated $500 million to $1 billion.
Afterwards, it was literally worthless.
Government officials now allege that Apothio's crops exceeded legal THC limits. But Apothio is outraged at these allegations — and now it’s fighting back.
On April 10, 2020, it brought suit against the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Kern County, KCSO, and others, for monetary damages up to $1 billion.
Want to join this “war” on behalf of Apothio, and share in any potential profits?
Now you can…
Here’s the Deal
Thanks to an investment platform called Republic, now you can invest in litigation finance.
In particular, you can invest in Apothio’s case against the U.S. government…
Apothio is raising up to $5 million for its case, with a $100 minimum investment.
There are three potential financial outcomes for investors like you:
- If the court dismisses the lawsuit, you’ll get back 80% of your money.
- If Apothio loses the case, you’ll lose 100% of your investment.
- And if Apothio wins the case, you’ll earn between 2x and 3.5x what you invested, depending on the timeline.
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