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Coinbase sues SEC and FDIC over crypto regulation

Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S., has initiated a legal battle against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

The lawsuits, filed on Thursday in a Washington, D.C., district court, aim to obtain documents that reveal the agencies’ regulatory strategies concerning the crypto industry.

Coinbase’s pursuit for internal records

In its lawsuits, Coinbase accuses the SEC and FDIC of a “deliberate and concerted effort” to pressure banks into denying crypto firms access to the federal banking system.

The exchange is seeking access to internal records to better understand the regulatory tactics employed by these financial watchdogs.

“For years, financial regulators – including the SEC, the FDIC, and the Federal Reserve Board – have used every tool at their disposal to try to cripple the digital-asset industry,” a Coinbase spokeswoman stated to FOX Business.

We demand transparency from our federal government.

The broader context of regulatory scrutiny

The legal action by Coinbase highlights the ongoing tensions between the burgeoning cryptocurrency sector and traditional financial regulators.

Over the past few years, regulatory bodies like the SEC and FDIC have increased their scrutiny of the crypto market, citing concerns over investor protection, financial stability, and the potential for illicit activities.

Coinbase’s move to sue these regulators underscores the company’s position that the crypto industry has been unfairly targeted.

The exchange argues that the lack of clear and consistent regulatory guidelines has hindered the growth and development of digital assets in the U.S.

No immediate response from the SEC and FDIC

At the time of writing, neither the SEC nor the FDIC has responded to Coinbase’s requests for comment.

The lawsuits come at a time when the SEC, under Chairman Gary Gensler, has been vocal about the need for stricter oversight of the crypto market, often likening it to the “Wild West.”

Gensler has repeatedly stated that many crypto assets and platforms operate outside the regulatory framework, posing significant risks to investors.

This stance has led to increased enforcement actions and proposed regulations aimed at bringing the industry into compliance with existing securities laws.

Implications for the crypto industry

Coinbase’s legal challenge could have far-reaching implications for the crypto industry. If successful, the lawsuits could force regulatory agencies to disclose their internal deliberations and strategies, potentially shedding light on the rationale behind their regulatory actions.

This transparency could pave the way for more informed and balanced regulatory approaches in the future.

Moreover, the outcome of these lawsuits may influence how other crypto firms interact with regulators.

A victory for Coinbase could embolden other companies to seek similar transparency and challenge regulatory actions they perceive as unfair or overly restrictive.

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