The price of Bitcoin fell from US$ 71,800 to 68,600 after the decision of a North American federal judge brought new concerns for investors and enthusiasts. At the time of publication, the price of BTC was quoted at US$69,000 with a drop of 2% in the last 24 hours.

Judge Katherine Polk Failla, sitting on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, denied most of Coinbase’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC’s central allegation is that Coinbase, a giant in cryptocurrency trading, operates without proper broker, exchange, and clearinghouse registrations.

The SEC, in launching this lawsuit against Coinbase — along with a similar legal action against Binance the same week — alleged that both exchanges violated federal laws by offering trading and staking services to the general public. An additional accusation was leveled at Coinbase Wallet, suggesting that it operated as an unregistered exchange, although this specific point was rejected by Judge Failla.

Today, the Court ruled that our SEC case will move forward on most of the claims, but dismissed the claims against Coinbase Wallet. We were prepared for this and look forward to finding out more about the SEC’s internal views and crypto regulation discussions. 1/6

However, the court found sufficient merit in other charges to allow the case to move forward. Notably, the judge pointed to the “digital ecosystem” of tokens offered on the Coinbase platform, highlighting that the value of these tokens is intrinsically linked to the development and ongoing support of their respective blockchains. This observation highlights the complex nature of the value of cryptoassets, which goes beyond simply owning a token.

This case represents a critical moment for the cryptocurrency industry in the United States. The final decision on whether exchanges must adhere to regulations similar to those of traditional exchanges could impose new restrictions and disclosure requirements on these platforms. Furthermore, it could limit the spectrum of tokens available to retail investors, significantly changing the cryptoasset investment landscape.


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