11 May

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has outright rejected cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase's request for an interlocutory appeal regarding the application of conventional securities regulations to digital assets.

Coinbase's Appeal Request on Cryptocurrency Regulation Rejected by the SEC

The SEC rejected Coinbase's appeal request to review whether traditional securities regulations, notably the Howey Test, apply to cryptocurrencies. The regulatory body argued that Coinbase's intention was to manipulate the interpretation of the issue.

At the core of the dispute is the SEC's accusation that Coinbase operates as an unregistered broker, exchange, and clearinghouse in the United States, particularly in relation to the trading of certain cryptocurrencies classified as securities under the Howey Test.

Legal action against Coinbase was initiated by the SEC in June 2023, alleging that the exchange violated federal securities laws by listing 13 tokens as securities without obtaining regulatory approval.

Coinbase Deals with Regulatory Issues in SEC Case

Coinbase contends that its transactions should not be deemed securities and therefore fall outside the purview of SEC regulations, while the regulatory authority maintains an opposing viewpoint. However, Coinbase's appeal request has been rejected by the court, which found their arguments inconsistent and lacking in substance.

This ongoing legal dispute highlights the broader regulatory ambiguity surrounding the cryptocurrency sector and the extent to which traditional securities laws apply to digital assets. As Coinbase awaits a ruling on its intermediate appeal motion from the presiding judge, the outcome could carry substantial implications for the regulatory framework governing cryptocurrencies in the United States.

May 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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