April 19, 2024
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U.S. Court Rejects Coinbase’s Motion to Dismiss SEC Lawsuit

A US court refused Coinbase’s motion to dismiss the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) action against the exchange. The judgment by U.S. District Judge Katherine Failla authorizes the SEC to proceed with its lawsuit against Coinbase, alleging that it operates as an unregistered exchange, broker, and clearing agency.

Court Ruling and Analysis

In court documents from March 27, Judge Failla stated:

“The Court finds the SEC has sufficiently pleaded that Coinbase operates as an exchange, as a broker, and as a clearing agency under the federal securities laws, and through its Staking Program engages in the unregistered offer and sale of securities.”

In June 2023, the SEC filed a complaint against Coinbase, saying that it violated federal securities laws by classifying 13 coins as securities. Coinbase tried to have the case dismissed, contesting the SEC’s authority over cryptocurrency exchanges.

Coinbase said that the transactions on its platform do not qualify as financial securities, while the SEC claimed that some are investment contracts. The court agreed with the SEC, finding that such transactions were historically considered securities transactions.

Furthermore, the court cited Coinbase’s lack of registration with the securities regulator, which bolstered the SEC’s argument.

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The court ordered both parties to submit a “proposed case management plan” by April 19. This decision marks a significant development in the ongoing legal battle between Coinbase and the SEC, with implications for the regulatory oversight of crypto exchanges in the United States.

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