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Coinbase likely to win SEC lawsuit on unregistered securities

EditorBrando Bricchi
Published 01/21/2024, 05:46 PM
Updated 01/21/2024, 05:46 PM
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NEW YORK - Analysts are anticipating a positive outcome for Coinbase (NASDAQ:COIN) in its legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over allegations that it has been operating as an unbrokered exchange and offering unregistered securities since June 2023. The courtroom deliberations, which have been closely watched by the cryptocurrency industry, revolve around the critical definition of "investment contract" concerning digital tokens.

During the court proceedings led by Judge Failla, a significant point of discussion was the application of the Howey test, a long-standing method for determining whether a transaction qualifies as an investment contract and thus a security under U.S. law. The debate delved into whether staking rewards and the business model of Coinbase fall under this category.

The case's trajectory seems to be leaning in favor of Coinbase, especially considering the precedent set by the Ripple case. In that instance, XRP was not classified as a security, which has provided a benchmark for the current proceedings. The outcome of this lawsuit is expected to have substantial implications for the cryptocurrency industry, potentially influencing the interpretation of securities law and the application of the Howey test for years to come.

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