Client to Sue JP Morgan Due to Big Crypto Purchase Fees

Plantiff used credit card to buy cryptocurrency on Coinbase and faced "sky-high" fees
12 April 2018   572

One of JPMorgan Chase client offiled a lawsuit against the bank, in which the financial holding company is accused of levying "astronomical" commissions and percents for purchasing cryptocurrency using credit cards. According to plaintiff Brady Tucker, the organization backdating began to classify the purchase of digital assets as a cash withdrawal, reports Bloomberg.

According to Tucker, since January 2018 the bank began treating his cryptocurrency buys as cash advances instead of purchases, and charging him interest rates of as much as 30 percent a year and additional fees. This led to the fact that the client of JPMorgan faced commissions around 30%.

The suit also cites the words of the executive director of JPMorgan, who last year called bitcoin "fraudulent" and promised to fire out of his company any "stupid" trader who bought or sold digital assets.

It appears that in addition to firing its ’stupid’ employees, Chase elected to start fining its ‘stupid’ customers: unilaterally.
 

Brady Tucker

Chase credit-card customer in Idaho, plantiff

A resident of Idaho hopes that his suit in the federal court of Manhattan will get the status of a group one. Tucker requires the bank to return all accrued commissions, as well as compensation in the amount of $ 1 million. JPMorgan Chase representatives have not yet commented on the situation.

According to Tucker, he was a regular customer of the Coinbase exchange, where he bought cryptocurrency with a credit card, and always conscientiously paid the credit.

Chase silently smacked them with instant-cash-advance fees, plus much higher interest rates than normal, and left them without any recourse.
 

Brady Tucker

Chase credit-card customer in Idaho, plantiff

The plaintiff also added that he and many other customers used credit cards to buy cryptocurrency exclusively because the transaction could be made instantly. At the same time, when using the bank account number for processing operations, it could take several days, Tucker noted. He also said that the bank did not notify him of any changes in the policy, otherwise he would stop using the credit card.

It is noted that only for the first two months of this year, the bank charged Tucker commission of $ 143, as well as another $ 20.61 as percents. When the plaintiff rang to sort out the situation, JPMorgan employees  blame Coinbase.

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   134

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.
 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.