Coinbase to Pay $1M to Users of Collapsed Cryptsy

Acc/ to the plaintiffs' rep. Cryptsy CEO used Coinbase to launder money of exchange's customers, and Coinbase have should stopped this
14 January 2020   203

Coinbase has settled a dispute with customers of the cryptocurrency exchange Cryptsy that has ceased to exist, CoinDesk writes with reference to documents submitted to the court.

According to the decision, Coinbase will transfer $ 962,500 to the benefit of the escrow agent responsible for resolving the class action lawsuit against Cryptsy. Previously, plaintiffs have already managed to sue 11,325 BTC. A hearing will be held on April 17, 2020, at which it will be decided whether to approve the preliminary agreement or amend its provisions if necessary.

Brandon Leidel, representing the plaintiffs in this class action lawsuit, will receive $ 2,500 compensation for the work done. He sued in 2016, accusing Cryptsy CEO Paul Vernon of using Coinbase to launder millions of dollars owned by trading platform customers.

Leidel, a Cryptsy client in the past, claimed that Coinbase was supposed to actively discourage Vernon’s illegal activities. Coinbase referred to the terms of the user agreement that Vernon signed at the time of registration on the exchange. The court, however, ruled that Cryptsy's customers were not affiliated with Coinbase with the same agreement as Vernon.

When companies go out of business, founders flee the country and the amount at issue is relatively small, most plaintiff law firms would decline to pursue the case. We were the only lawyers in the country to pursue a case against Cryptsy or Coinbase, individually or as a class action, and we were able to obtain multiple meaningful recoveries for victims who would have otherwise been left without any recourse.

 

Marc Vites

Lawyer

Lawyer Marc Vites called the Coinbase and Cryptsy litigation “a tricky business.” 

Binance Singapore Unit to Apply For License

Under the new law, aimed at regulating crypto paymetns and trading, firms must register with the Monetary Authority to receive a license
17 February 2020   295

Binance, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange unit, has applied for a license under the new Payment Services Act, which entered into force on January 28.

We have already applied. We submitted the application pretty fast. Binance’s Singapore entity has been in close touch with the local regulators, and they have always been open-minded.

 

Changpeng Zhao

Founder and CEO, Binance

Under the new law, crypto companies in Singapore must register with the Monetary Authority and receive one of three licenses: an exchange of money, a standard or large payment institution. The measure is aimed at regulating payments and crypto trading using requirements for participants in the traditional finance industry. Zhao did not specify which of the licenses Binance Singapore chose.

Binance has been offering crypto-fiat trading services in Singapore since April 2019 and works with eight coins, including Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP. The trading platform is supported by Vertex Venture Holdings, a venture division of Singapore's Temasek Holdings.