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Ripple blockchain payments firm is standing its ground in the ongoing legal battle with the U.S. SEC.
9 months ago 2 mins read

Ripple’s Response to SEC’s Appeal Request in XRP Lawsuit

Ripple, the San Francisco-based blockchain payments firm, is standing its ground in the ongoing legal battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC had sought an interlocutory appeal in the case, but Ripple’s legal team is challenging this move, asserting that the regulatory body has not met the necessary requirements to file an appeal. Ripple has formally opposed the SEC’s request to appeal the ruling that cleared the company of breaking securities laws by offering XRP to retail traders through exchanges. In a recent document filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New

Quantstamp's Securities Violations Case Settled with SEC
10 months ago 1 min read

Quantstamp Reaches Settlement with SEC Over Alleged Securities Violations

In a significant development, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reached a settlement with crypto company Quantstamp following allegations of securities law violations. The SEC had charged Quantstamp with violating securities regulations, and the company has opted to settle the matter without admitting or denying the allegations. As part of the settlement, Quantstamp has agreed to a cease-and-desist order and will make a payment of $1,979,201 as disgorgement, along with a prejudgment interest of $494,314. Additionally, the company will pay a civil penalty amounting to $1 million. Quantstamp conducted an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) between October and

Former SEC Attorney Cautions Against Celebrations, Predicts Appeal and Uncertain Future
10 months ago 2 mins read

Ripple vs. SEC: Ex-SEC Attorney Issues Caution Amidst Victory Claims

The recent highly publicized decision in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) case against Ripple has been hailed by many as a significant victory against the SEC and Chairman Gary Gensler. However, former SEC attorney John Reed Stark offers a cautionary perspective, highlighting the ruling’s shaky ground and the likelihood of an appeal that could potentially result in a reversal. As the crypto community celebrates, Stark challenges the prevailing narrative surrounding the ruling, underscoring the complexities and uncertainties that lie ahead. The court ruling on the Ripple case categorized the company’s offering of securities into three distinct categories: institutional sales,

US Congressman Ritchie Torres
10 months ago 1 min read

US Lawmaker Demands Gary Gensler Stop Targeting Cryptocurrencies

US Congressman Ritchie Torres has sent a letter to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, expressing concerns over the regulatory approach towards cryptocurrencies and urging the SEC to reconsider its stance. In the letter, Congressman Torres referred to a recent landmark court ruling by New York Southern District Judge Analisa Torres, which stated that cryptocurrencies are not securities by themselves but can be sold as part of investment contracts under the Howey Test. Describing the court ruling as the “Torres Doctrine,” Congressman Torres emphasized that it rejects the regulatory excesses and sloppy practices associated with the SEC’s Howey Test. He called on

Coinbase has filed a motion to dismiss the recent lawsuit brought against it by the U.S. SEC.
11 months ago 1 min read

Coinbase Files Motion to Dismiss SEC Lawsuit

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has filed a motion to dismiss the recent lawsuit brought against it by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The lawsuit accused Coinbase of facilitating unregistered trading in 12 digital tokens classified as securities. However, Coinbase vehemently disputes these claims and argues that the SEC’s interpretation of securities laws is fundamentally flawed. Coinbase’s Chief Legal Officer, Paul Grewal, stated that the SEC’s allegations “go far beyond existing law” and should be dismissed. The company filed the motion with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, raising concerns about the SEC’s overreach and

The U.S. SEC has agreed to defer the payment of a $30 million fine for BlockFi
11 months ago 1 min read

SEC Postpones $30 Million BlockFi Fine to Aid Creditor Reimbursements

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has agreed to defer the payment of a $30 million fine for BlockFi, a bankrupt crypto lender. The move aims to prioritize the reimbursement of creditors and maximize the amount that can be distributed to investors. BlockFi is currently in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings following the collapse of FTX. The company still owes $30 million from a $50 million penalty imposed by the SEC in 2021. The penalty was related to charges of failing to register for the offering and sale of its lending products. Initially, BlockFi proposed that the payment to

Coinbase Receives Official Response from SEC Regarding Regulatory Issues
11 months ago 1 min read

Coinbase Receives Response from SEC on Regulatory Matters

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued its formal response to the Third Circuit’s request regarding the ongoing legal dispute with Coinbase, a prominent cryptocurrency exchange. The SEC’s extensive response reveals a continued reluctance to provide clarity on cryptocurrency regulation or commit to a specific timeline for rulemaking, despite the court’s explicit orders. In its response, the SEC argues that Coinbase’s demand for immediate action is an “extraordinary request” and that it has not yet determined the appropriate course of action due to the extensive scope of Coinbase’s rulemaking petition. The SEC also disregards explicit statements made by

Binance.US has filed a motion to challenge the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) request for a temporary restraining order.
11 months ago 1 min read

Binance.US Fights Back: Calls for Dismissal of SEC’s Restraining Order

Binance.US, the American affiliate of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, has filed a motion to challenge the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) request for a temporary restraining order. In its motion, Binance.US argues that the SEC has failed to identify any securities traded on its platform and that the requested restraining order would harm its customers, potentially forcing it out of business and hindering its ability to fight the litigation. Binance.US also argues that the SEC’s request is “draconian and unduly burdensome” and that it would have a negative impact on employee salaries, vendor relationships, and overall business operations. The SEC’s lawsuit

Proposed Bill Aims to Remove SEC Chair, but Constitutional Limits Come into Question
11 months ago 2 mins read

Lawmakers Propose Bill to Remove SEC Chair: Legal Questions Surround Authority

Members of the United States House of Representatives have recently taken steps to remove Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler from his position. However, the legality of such a move is not as straightforward as it may seem. In this article, we delve into the complexities surrounding the proposed legislation and explore the challenges faced in removing an independent agency official. Ohio Rep. Warren Davidson introduced the SEC Stabilization Act on June 12, aiming to oust Gensler from his role. Gensler, who assumed the position in April 2021, is expected to serve as the SEC chair until 2026.

Former SEC Official Urges Investors to Ditch Crypto Platforms
11 months ago 1 min read

Former SEC Official Warns Crypto Investors to “Get Out” of Crypto Platforms

John Reed Stark, a former high-ranking official at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has warned crypto investors to “get out” of crypto platforms due to an ongoing regulatory and law enforcement crackdown. In a blog post, Stark said that crypto platforms are “high-risk” and “perilous” due to a lack of investor protections and oversight. He pointed to the recent lawsuits filed by the SEC against Binance and Coinbase as evidence of the growing regulatory scrutiny of the crypto industry. “The SEC is coming for crypto platforms,” Stark wrote. “If you’re an investor, my advice is to get out

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released employee chat logs from Binance
11 months ago 2 mins read

US SEC leaks Binance’s employee chat logs

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released employee chat logs from Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. The chat logs allegedly show Binance employees discussing ways to evade regulatory scrutiny. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) has condemned the SEC’s release of the chat logs, calling it “unethical” and “damaging to the crypto industry.” CZ has also demanded that the SEC explain why it released the chat logs. In a letter to Binance employees, CZ said that the SEC’s disclosure of the chat logs has had a negative impact on the exchange’s reputation. He emphasized that investigators will be requesting

It is also possible that the SEC is simply trying to send a message to the crypto industry. The SEC has been criticized for being slow
11 months ago 1 min read

Why is the SEC Taking a Strong Stance Against Binance and CZ? Google Bard Reveals the Answer

The US SEC has not made any statements about why they are investigating Binance or CZ. However, there are a few possible reasons for the investigation. One possibility is that the SEC is concerned about Binance’s lack of transparency. Binance is a global exchange with operations in many countries, but it has not registered with the SEC as a securities exchange. This means that the SEC does not have the same level of oversight over Binance as it does over other U.S.-based exchanges. Another possibility is that the SEC is concerned about Binance’s compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. In