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CFTC Has Filed A Lawsuit Against Binance And CZ

CFTC’s Legal Battle with Binance

Binance and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), are facing allegations of violating trading and derivatives regulations as the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a lawsuit against them. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, accuses Binance of inadequately registering with the derivatives regulator and violating U.S. laws related to trading.

Binance has been under investigation by the CFTC since 2021, and in February, the exchange acknowledged the likelihood of regulatory action in the U.S., expressing cooperation with regulators. The lawsuit is part of broader scrutiny faced by Binance, including investigations by the Internal Revenue Service and federal prosecutors regarding Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance, and the Securities and Exchange Commission examining potential violations related to unregistered securities.

The lawsuit alleges that Binance conducted Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin transactions for U.S. individuals despite having policies to block or restrict U.S. customers. The CFTC claims that Binance knowingly breached U.S. laws, concealing the location of its executive offices and the identities of entities operating the trading platform.

Documents related to the lawsuit can be found here.

The CFTC has brought seven charges against Binance, including executing unregistered futures transactions, providing illegal commodities options, failure to register appropriately, failure to implement AML/KYC measures, and evasion of the law. In response, CZ expressed disappointment, stating that the complaint appears to contain an incomplete recitation of facts, and they do not agree with the characterization of many issues alleged in the complaint.

The lawsuit led to widespread fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) in the market, resulting in Bitcoin’s price dropping from $27,800 to $26,500 within an hour.

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While the situation unfolds, CZ’s response indicates a cooperative stance, and the market will be closely monitoring developments.

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