Binance, CZ File Motion To Dismiss US SEC Lawsuit

Binance, CZ File Motion To Dismiss US SEC Lawsuit

Binance has on Thursday, September 21, 2023 filed a joint motion to dismiss claims made by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against itself and cofounder Changpeng Zhao (CZ). The company argued that the agency has foundation in the existing securities laws amidst an active attempt by the lawmakers to debate the crypto asset ecosystem.

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No Guidance Yet Enforcement

The defendants, Binance Holdings Linited and CZ made an important comment that the SEC is now choosing to impose liability for the sale of tokens that date back to 2017, when the agency has hardly given any guidance on such transactions. Hence, the SEC lacks authority to impose actions on the same, the defendants said in a filing. Further, the crypto exchange argued that the SEC claims fail under the Howey Test requirement that there needs to be a legal relationship between both the user and the platform. The agency alleged in the lawsuit that the exchange violated registration requirements in the U.S. securities law in terms of offering the various crypto products and assets.

“In attempting to claim regulatory power over the crypto industry, the SEC distorts the texts of the securities laws — reading the word contract out of the statutory phase ‘investment contract’. The SEC also seeks to enlarge its jurisdiction globally to include transactions on foreign cryptocurrency platforms.”

The defendants added that only the U.S. Congress is mandated to make policy decisions like the ones the SEC is twisting the definition of investment contract.

Motion To Dismiss SEC Claims

The defendants sought that the court should dismiss all the claims made by the SEC on the grounds that it fails to plausibly allege that any of the crypto assets it is contesting is a security.

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