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SEC files lawsuit against Consensys, developer of MetaMask, as part of ongoing legal battle with crypto industry

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SEC Files Lawsuit Against Consensys for Alleged Securities Violations in Crypto Industry

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought a new lawsuit against Consensys, a prominent blockchain firm in the crypto industry. The lawsuit alleges that Consensys violated federal securities laws by failing to register as a broker and dealer while offering services for securities, resulting in over $250 million in fees collected.

This legal action against Consensys follows similar complaints brought against other crypto firms like Coinbase and Kraken. However, what sets this lawsuit apart is the controversy surrounding the escalating legal battle. In April, Consensys filed its own lawsuit against the SEC after receiving a Wells notice, seeking clarity on whether Ethereum is considered a security.

Just recently, Consensys announced that the SEC had closed its Ethereum 2.0 investigation, leading the firm to argue that Ethereum did not fall under the agency’s jurisdiction. Despite this, the SEC’s lawsuit against Consensys did not specifically name Ethereum as one of the unregistered securities offered by the firm.

Gurbir S. Grewal, director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, stated in a press release that Consensys had inserted itself into the U.S. securities markets without providing investors with the protections afforded by federal securities laws.

Consensys, founded by Ethereum developer Joseph Lubin, differs from other firms targeted by the SEC as it focuses on software development, including the popular MetaMask wallet. The SEC’s lawsuit alleges that Consensys violated securities laws by facilitating the swapping of crypto assets through MetaMask and offering staking services without proper registration.

Despite the new charges, many in the crypto industry may see the lawsuit as a positive development since Ethereum was not named as a security in the complaint. The lawsuit represents a new front in the SEC’s campaign against top companies in the crypto industry, signaling ongoing regulatory scrutiny in the space.

A spokesperson for Consensys criticized the SEC’s actions, calling it regulatory overreach and accusing the agency of pursuing an anti-crypto agenda through ad hoc enforcement actions. The legal battle between Consensys and the SEC is ongoing, with implications for the broader crypto industry.

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