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Judge Denies Terra & Do Kwon’s Plea for Reconsideration in SEC Lawsuit (crypto-news-flash)

  • A federal judge denied Terra’s motions, backing the SEC’s claim of Securities Act violations.
  • Do Kwon faces extradition following fraud allegations linked to a $60 billion crypto loss.

In the ongoing lawsuit involving Terraform Labs (Terra) and its co-founder, Do Kwon, a federal judge has firmly upheld multiple key decisions in favor of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The judge’s decision follows a previous order, confirming that Terra and Do Kwon violated the Securities Act. This ruling marks another significant step in a case that garnered widespread attention in the crypto community.

Court Denies Motions for Reconsideration

Federal Judge Jed S. Rakoff, in a decision issued on January 11, rejected motions for reconsideration filed by Terraform Labs and Do Kwon. These motions sought to challenge the court’s previous rulings, including the opinions of expert witnesses Raj Unny and Dr. Matthew Edman. However, the court deemed the reasons presented by the SEC in response to these motions valid and line with federal regulations.

Terra and Do Kwon’s request for reconsideration regarding the earlier order that denied the opinions of experts Raj Unny and Dr. Matthew Edman was denied by the court. The judge upheld the SEC’s stance, citing evidence presented during the Daubert Hearing, email exchanges, and interlocutory responses.

The allegations against Do Kwon are rooted in fraud and their connection to the decline of TerraUSD (UST) and LUNA tokens. This event, which unfolded in May 2022, marked a pivotal moment for the Terra crypto project as it plummeted, causing an astonishing $60 billion loss within the crypto community.

Furthermore, in late November, the highest court in Podgorica approved the extradition of Do Kwon, responding to requests from both South Korean and American authorities. This decision paves the way for him to potentially face legal proceedings in the United States.

SEC’s Broader Implications

Following the SEC’s partial victory in the Terra lawsuit, the regulatory agency has taken the opportunity to file a notice of supplemental authority in ongoing lawsuits involving major cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance and Coinbase. The SEC believes that the Terra ruling sets a precedent for addressing security violations in these cases and has urged the court to consider the judgments made in the Terra lawsuit.

Specifically, the SEC emphasizes that the Terra case tackled the definition of an “investment contract” and rejected attempts by the defendants to challenge established legal precedents. According to the SEC, an investment contract does not merely pertain to a contract, transaction, or scheme but extends to a broader scope of financial instruments.

Despite these significant legal developments, the price of Terra (LUNcC) has shown a response, continuing its upward trajectory. As of the time of writing, LUNC was trading at $0.0001307, marking only a marginal increase of 2% over the past 24 hours.

This unflinching market reaction underscores the complex legal proceedings surrounding Terraform Labs and Do Kwon. Investors and the broader crypto community remain cautious as uncertainty looms over the outcome of this high-stakes legal battle.



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