30 Apr

Mr. Huber, a well-known figure in the crypto community, believes that ConsenSys' recent court filing requests are excessive. A corporation and its subsidiaries would not be granted a general and permanent lifetime free pass against the SEC's securities investigations, as Mr. Huber pointed out in a recent piece.

In addition, the cryptocurrency specialist emphasized that granting ConsenSys' wishes would mean that an ETH transaction could never be classified as a securities offering. In his view, the circumstances highlight the gaps in the current regulatory discussion around the cryptocurrency sector. Mr. Huber thinks that it is inappropriate to continue discussing the token itself rather than its offering.

In the meanwhile, Mr. Huber gave the court excerpts from a recent submission from ConsenSys and the blockchain company's prayers. ConsenSys asked the court to rule that ETH is not a security under the Securities Act in a recent filing titled "Prayer for Relief." As a result, the company did not sell ETH in accordance with the Securities Act. ConsenSys emphasized that should the court grant its petitions, it would suggest that the SEC lacks the authority to look into it or take any action based on the idea that ETH transactions qualify as securities.   

The blockchain company also asked the court to rule that it would be unjust for the SEC to enforce its enforcement action against it regarding ETH transactions. ConsenSys claims that the declaration would categorize the SEC's investigation and enforcement activities as in violation of the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause, which requires fair notice.

Citing multiple other petitions from ConsenSys, Mr. Huber feels that the expectations made by the blockchain company are unattainable and impractical. He thinks the SEC will still have full authority to oversee transactions involving ETH and other cryptocurrencies once the court rules against it.

April 2024, Cryptoniteuae

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