Unregistered securities

Kraken co-founder and chairman Jesse Powell was CEO of the company during most of the time the Securities and Exchange Commission has accused it of operating illegally. (CoinDesk)
Kraken Accused by SEC of Operating Unregistered Platform, Improperly Mixing Customer Funds
The U.S. crypto exchange is the latest targeted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in a series of similar actions being fought in court by other companies.
Kraken co-founder and chairman Jesse Powell was CEO of the company during most of the time the Securities and Exchange Commission has accused it of operating illegally. (CoinDesk)

Ex-boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is among celebrity promoters who have been tied to GS Partners, which has been accused by state regulators of committing crypto fraud.  (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
California, Texas Among States Accusing GS Partners of Misleading Crypto Investors
Offers of a tokenized Dubai skyscraper and assets in the metaverse were fraudulent and unregistered, state regulators say, and boosted by celebrities such as boxer Floyd Maywe...
Ex-boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is among celebrity promoters who have been tied to GS Partners, which has been accused by state regulators of committing crypto fraud.  (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Justice has arrested the top executives of SafeMoon and accused them of pilfering company coffers.  (Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)
SafeMoon Execs Arrested by DOJ in Fraud Investigation, Charged by SEC
Crypto company SafeMoon's CEO and chief technology officer were arrested, accused of withdrawing more than $200M to buy luxury cars and homes from funds that they told investo...
The U.S. Department of Justice has arrested the top executives of SafeMoon and accused them of pilfering company coffers.  (Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)

Coinbase is about to file its final court argument for why the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case against it should be dropped, despite SEC Chair Gary Gensler's view that most cryptocurrencies are securities. (Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)
Coinbase Poised to Make Final Pitch in Bid to Kill SEC Accusations Quickly
The U.S. crypto exchange is ready to argue the SEC's claims about unregistered securities are missing evidence of actual contracts.
Coinbase is about to file its final court argument for why the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case against it should be dropped, despite SEC Chair Gary Gensler's view that most cryptocurrencies are securities. (Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)

The Securities and Exchange Commission says NFTs tied to the Stoner Cat series backed by Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are unregistered securities.  (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Mila Kunis Web Series Stoner Cats Faces SEC Enforcement Action for 'Unregistered' NFT Offerings
The production company behind Stoner Cats encouraged investors to buy and trade royalty-yielding NFTs, tying the collectibles to the success of its Hollywood-backed web series...
The Securities and Exchange Commission says NFTs tied to the Stoner Cat series backed by Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are unregistered securities.  (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

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A House Bill Would Make It Harder for the SEC to Argue Crypto Tokens Are Securities
The five-page, bipartisan Securities Clarity Act by Representatives Tom Emmer and Darren Soto would significantly reduce uncertainty for both crypto investors and issuers, wri...
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(Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)
Crypto Exchange Beaxy Shut Down After SEC Lawsuit
The Securities and Exchange Commission also accused the exchange's founder of misappropriating customer money.
(Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)

SEC Warns Crypto Stakes in Retirement Accounts May Be Unregistered Securities
SEC Warns Crypto Stakes in Retirement Accounts May Be Unregistered Securities
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) again made its case Tuesday that crypto assets are often unregistered securities being traded on unregistered exchanges, issu...
SEC Warns Crypto Stakes in Retirement Accounts May Be Unregistered Securities

LBRY has likened the SEC's pursuit to that of the relentless French inspector Javert from "Les Miserables." (Gustave Brion via Wikipedia, modified by CoinDesk)
This Tiny Blockchain Startup’s Tangle With SEC Could End Up as Landmark Case
Whether LBRY’s tokens are deemed securities could set an even bigger precedent than Ripple’s higher-profile SEC suit.
LBRY has likened the SEC's pursuit to that of the relentless French inspector Javert from "Les Miserables." (Gustave Brion via Wikipedia, modified by CoinDesk)