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Coinbase Takes On SEC: Interlocutory Appeal Raises Stakes on ‘Investment Contract’ Definition – Ripple (XRP) to Profit?

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  • Coinbase’s appeal argues that its operations do not involve investment contracts and therefore aren’t securities.
  • The outcome of this case could significantly influence future regulatory frameworks for cryptocurrencies in the U.S.

Coinbase, a major U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, is currently engaged in a legal case with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) concerning the definition of “investment contract” under securities law. This dispute highlights the regulatory challenges facing the cryptocurrency industry.

Paul Grewal, the Chief Legal Officer at Coinbase, recently indicated that the company plans to file an interlocutory appeal, which involves asking an appellate court to resolve a significant legal question central to the case. 

The contention focuses on whether the trading of digital assets involves an “investment contract” and therefore constitutes a security under the Howey Test—a legal standard used since the 1940s to determine whether transactions qualify as securities.

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In court documents, Coinbase argues that its digital asset transactions do not meet the Howey Test criteria because they do not involve contractual obligations that extend beyond the sale, which are essential for classifying a transaction as an investment contract.

Furthermore, Coinbase has pointed out an inconsistency in regulatory enforcement, noting that it was permitted to go public in 2021 without any objections from the SEC regarding its operational model. However, the SEC later sued, claiming the need for the company to be registered under securities laws.

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Grewal emphasized Coinbase’s commitment to continue its operations while pushing for clearer regulatory guidelines for the cryptocurrency industry.

This legal challenge is not only for Coinbase but for the broader digital asset market, as it could influence future regulatory approaches to cryptocurrency in the United States.

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Isai Alexei
Isai Alexei
As a content creator, Isai Alexei holds a degree in Marketing, providing a solid foundation for the exploration of technology and finance. Isai's journey into the crypto space began during academic years, where the transformative potential of blockchain technology was initially grasped. Intrigued, Isai delved deeper, ultimately making the inaugural cryptocurrency investment in Bitcoin. Witnessing the evolution of the crypto landscape has been both exciting and educational. Ethereum, with its smart contract capabilities, stands out as Isai's favorite, reflecting a genuine enthusiasm for cutting-edge web3 technologies. Business Email: info@ethnews.com Phone: +49 160 92211628