Does Coinbase Has A High Chance Of Winning The SEC Case?
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Does Coinbase Has A High Chance Of Winning The SEC Case?

According to an analysis from Bloomberg, Coinbase has a strong chance of winning over the SEC in the agency’s lawsuit against the company for selling unregistered securities and operating a staking-as-a-service program.

What differentiates a security from a collectible? 

That question is at the heart of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Coinbase, as the agency is accusing the company of selling unregistered securities and operating an unlicensed staking-as-a-service program. 

But after the SEC’s lawyers faced pointed questions from New York District Judge Katherine Polk Failla, who wondered aloud whether or not the agency’s definition of collectibles was too broad, a Bloomberg analyst has estimated that Coinbase currently has the edge in the case. 

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“The judge wanted a limiting principle to the SEC definition of “investment contract” that wouldn’t encompass collectibles. We view the one offered by Coinbase as more compelling, requiring investment in a business vs. just an ecosystem, along with an enforceable obligation,” Bloomberg senior litigation analyst Elliott Stein wrote.

Coinbase’s lawyers argued that not all cryptocurrency purchases constituted investment contracts, likening the difference to “investing in Beanie Baby Inc. and buying Beanie Babies.” 

Also in question was whether or not the tokens had an “ecosystem” behind them; lawyers on both sides differed on whether or not Bitcoin constituted an ecosystem, for example, with the SEC’s lawyers arguing that it does not. 

Judge Faila did not rule from the bench at the end of the four-hour hearing, saying she needed more time to consider the questions at hand. 

If Coinbase’s motion is dismissed, either whole or in part, the case will continue on to discovery. Stein’s analysis notes that Coinbase may not win this motion, but projects that the company will win eventually. 

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“Our Thesis: Coinbase is 70% likely to beat the SEC, if not outright on this motion, then later,” Stein wrote. 

“Even if the case survives, it likely reaches the Supreme Court, which we think will narrow Howey,” Stein also argued, referring to the standard for deeming assets as securities under U.S. law.

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