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Kik Suffers Setbacks With ‘Void for Vagueness’ Defense in SEC Case

Kik is struggling to mount a strong defense in a case brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over its $100 million initial coin offering. As reported last month, Toronto-based Kik’s legal team attempted to persuade the district court of the Southern District of New York that the SEC’s case – alleging the 2017…

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The SEC Has Rejected Every Bitcoin ETF. This Firm Thinks It Has a Solution

One company thinks it knows how to get a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) approved by U.S. regulators. Wilshire Phoenix, a relatively young financial firm in New York, filed to launch the United States Bitcoin & Treasury Investment Trust ETF in May with NYSE Arca. At that point, a dozen bitcoin ETF proposals had already been swatted…

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Reggie Middleton Reaches $9.5 Million SEC Settlement Over ICO Fraud

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it has reached a settlement with Reggie Middleton, organizer of the fraught $14.8 million Veritaseum (VERI) initial coin offering (ICO). In a filing with the New York Eastern District Court, dated Oct. 31 and published today, Middleton agreed to the consent decree of the final judgment, without having to…

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SEC, CFTC Charge XBT Corp. With Selling Unregistered Swaps for Bitcoin

U.S. regulators filed charges against XBT Corp. Thursday, alleging the company failed to register as a futures commission merchant (FCM). In simultaneous press releases, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleged that XBT, otherwise known as First Global Credit, sold security-based swaps for bitcoin without registering on a…

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SEC Blasts Kik’s ‘Void for Vagueness’ Defense of 2017 ICO

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Kik’s August defense of its $100 million initial coin offering (ICO) was “untenable” and is asking judges to toss it. A discovery motion filed Monday further raised the stakes, following the SEC’s 49-page filing Friday – the latest play in a legal chess match with sweeping potential ramifications…

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Paxos Wins SEC ‘No-Action’ Letter to Settle Equities on a Blockchain

Paxos is seeking to modernize the equities settlement process using a regulator-approved blockchain process. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted Paxos Trust Company no-action relief Monday to settle equity securities trades on a blockchain platform for broker-dealers. Paxos announced that Credit Suisse and Société Générale would be the first two companies to utilize…

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Telegram Responds to SEC: Gram Tokens Are Not Securities

Telegram is pushing back against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The messaging platform filed a response to the securities regulator Wednesday, writing that the SEC’s emergency injunction last week was unwarranted. Telegram is asking a federal court to deny the regulator’s motion to enforce a subpoena. Further, Telegram argued its upcoming gram token…

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Telegram Looks to Cut Deal With TON Blockchain Investors After SEC Order

Telegram has notified investors that the TON blockchain project will be launched later than planned, pushing the deadline from Oct. 30 to April 30, 2020. In an email to investors reviewed by CoinDesk, Telegram cited its recent run-in with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which obtained a restraining order prohibiting the messenger app company…

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SEC Restarts Clock on Proposed ‘Bitcoin and T-Bills’ ETF

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is again soliciting comments on a proposed exchange-traded fund (ETF) based around bitcoin and Treasury bonds. According to a public filing published Tuesday, investment management firm Wilshire Phoenix and NYSE Arca filed an amendment to their ETF proposal earlier this month to address issuance and redemption for the…

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