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SEC Slams Coinbase with Lawsuit After Binance

by BSC News

June 6, 2023

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The lawsuit alleges that Coinbase has operated as an unregistered broker, national securities exchange, and clearing agency, flagrantly flouting disclosure requirements.

Coinbase Hit with SEC Lawsuit Over Unregistered Securities

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has unleashed another lawsuit against a major cryptocurrency exchange. Just one day after its assault on Binance, the SEC filed a massive 101-page lawsuit against Coinbase on June 6.

Among the allegations in the suit are that Coinbase operates as an unregistered broker, national securities exchange, and clearing agency, violating crucial disclosure requirements. According to the SEC, numerous tokens offered by Coinbase, including Solana (SOL), Cardano (ADA), Polygon (MATIC), Filecoin (FIL), Sandbox (SAND), Chiliz (CHZ), FLOW, ICP, NEAR, VGX, DASH, and NEXO, qualify as securities.

Moreover, the SEC alleges that Coinbase has been functioning as an unregistered security broker since 2019, nearly two years prior to its highly anticipated initial public offering (IPO) in April 2021. The lawsuit further claims that Coinbase's staking program, involving five stackable crypto assets, qualifies as an investment contract and, therefore, a security. 

Worth noting, Coinbase was sued by the SEC merely twenty-four hours after the SEC published a damning set of allegations against Binance, the world's largest crypto exchange. The accusations against Binance include being part of a "web of deception," evading U.S. laws, commingling client funds, and misleading investors and regulators.

After the SEC's actions spread, Coinbase Global (COIN) shares plunged 15.39% in pre-market trading, dropping to $49.68 in opening bell trading.

The ramifications of the SEC's lawsuits against two prominent exchanges have sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency market. Despite stabilizing in overnight trade, Bitcoin prices remain close to a two-and-a-half-month low. Bitcoin's current trading price stands at $26,009, down 2.93% in 24 hours.

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