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Tech isn't exactly a Hyperloop One offshoot

The already explosive Hyperloop One lawsuit just got weirder.

According to a countersuit filed on Tuesday, Hyperloop One co-founder Brogan BamBrogan appears to have purchased the domain names, and in mid-May. The purchases were part of an effort to start a competing venture to Hyperloop One, according to the suit.

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"It's true that BamBrogan purchased the domain, but he did this as a joke at the prompting of a coworker and never intended to use it for business," said Justin Berger, BamBrogan's attorney, in an e-mailed statement. "He did not register and does not know who did."

Hyperloop One, an ultra high-speed transport system, was sued on July 12, by co-founder BamBrogan and three other former employees for misuse of funds and breach of fiduciary duties, among other claims.

Hyperloop One filed its countersuit on Tuesday in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, suing the plaintiffs for at least $250 million.

In a response to BamBrogan's statement, a Hyperloop spokesperson said BamBrogan was recruiting employees to join a "competing company and promising salaries and investment." Contrary to the view expressed by the plaintiff, "they did not think this was a joke," the statement said.

An earlier version of this story had an incorrect name as the plaintiffs' attorney.

CNBC's Ari Levy contributed to this report.

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