DOJ and SEC lawsuit against US citizen on the status of token in the market

US citizen defies DOJ and SEC claiming that the tokens he created are currencies and not securities
20 March 2018   789

Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 19 filed documents against Maksim Zaslavskiy. The reason is the opposition to the claims of Mr. Zaslavskiy that tokens are considered as currencies and not securities. The matter concerns RECoin and Diamond token - those are tied to 2 ventures backed by real estate and diamond holdings respectively.

Now facing prosecution for securities fraud, the defendant claims that his 'investment opportunity' was no investment at all - it was just a sale of a currency backed by a commodity, first real estate (REcoin) and then diamonds (Diamond). The currency, according to the defendant, are the worthless certificates sent to investors that prompted some to ask for refunds.

 

U.S. government's lawyers

DOJ actually filed a lawsuit against Mr. Zaslavskiy on the matter of ICO fraud, and thus the US government suspects the defendant knew of the illegality of his actions. This incident follows a series of actions by US government to regulate the cryptocurrency sector of the US economy. This is especially notable in the light of a recent US Economy report that dedicated a whole chapter to the sector.

What is more, there is evidence that the defendant was, in fact, on notice that he was subject to the securities laws in sum and substance that the investor had nothing to worry about with respect to legal compliance. The SEC also contacted the defendant as early as August 15, 2017 requesting information about the REcoin ICO. The defendant wrote that he planned to hire an attorney, but instead proceeded with the Diamond ICO.

 

Excerpt from DOJ filing

Cardano Hardfork to be Announced

During the upgrade, aimed to update the Cardano consensus algorithm, the Ouroboros Bizantine Fault-Tolerant protocol will be implemented
21 January 2020   94

The head of the blockchain company IOHK, Charles Hoskinson, spoke about plans to hold Cardano hard fork in mid-February. He said this during a stream on YouTube.

Hardfork aims to update the Cardano consensus algorithm. During the upgrade, the Ouroboros Bizantine Fault-Tolerant (OBFT) protocol will be implemented.

What changes will occur after the implementation of OBFT, the head of IOHK did not explain. At the same time, he noted that the integration of Ledger hardware wallets with Daedalus wallet software will soon be implemented.

At this stage, the project is negotiating with exchanges, as well as checking the readiness of the infrastructure. Nevertheless, according to Hoskinson, "everything is going well" and they do not plan to postpone the hard fork.