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   113

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.” 

Bithumb Filed Appeal Against Korean Tax Office

Looks like the korean exchange doesn't really want to pay an additional tax worth $67 000 000
16 January 2020   97

The South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has filed a complaint against the National Tax Service (NTS) because of the requirement to pay additional taxes for the transactions of its foreign customers.

The company claims that cryptocurrencies do not have an official status in the territory of South Korea, which is why the authorities cannot have sufficient reasons to levy any taxes.

The tax court will have to decide within 90 days whether to retain or withdraw from Bithumb the obligation to pay the $ 69.1 million tax that was assigned to it by NTS in November. The Office declares that the withdrawal of income from accounts in Korean won by foreign residents is a taxable event. It is assumed that the exchange itself had to withhold tax from its foreign customers.

We paid the full amount and have since been preparing for arguments. We believe we will be given a chance to clarify our stance in court.

 

Bithumb

 The ministry has its own position on this issue.

Bitcoin under the current law is not an asset. It is clear and simple. The Ministry of Economy and Finance already made that clear. The NTS pushing ahead with the tax imposition is baseless and groundless, especially since it is still awaiting the ministry opinion on the same matter it sought again.

 

Choi Hwoa-in

Adviser to Financial Supervisory Service

According to the expert, the NTS maneuver is well thought out and aimed at starting to levy a tax on income that is currently not taxable.

We cannot comment on the ongoing matter. We will await the judgment from the Tax Tribunal.

 

NTS

Earlier, Bithumb was ordered to pay an additional $ 67 million in tax.