Terraform Labs Challenges SEC’s $5.3 Billion Penalty Demand

As a seasoned crypto investor with a few scars on my forehead from past market volatilities, I’m closely following the legal battle between Terraform Labs and the SEC. The proposed $5.3 billion fine is an unprecedented figure in the crypto space, and as an investor, I can’t help but feel uneasy about the potential implications for the industry as a whole.

Terraform Labs and its founder Do Kwon are disputing the SEC’s proposed fine of $5.3 billion in a court filing. Their legal team has proposed an alternative penalty of $1 million, arguing that the larger sum is excessive and unwarranted.

As a crypto investor, I’ve learned that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken action based on a New York jury’s decision. The jury found that Terraform and Kwon had provided misleading information in their sales materials for the digital currencies TerraUSD (UST), Luna, and wLUNA. In simpler terms, they were accused of deceiving investors.

The SEC’s motion for recovering ill-gotten gains and extra penalties amounting to $5.3 billion is reinforced by this ruling. Furthermore, the court is requested to prevent Kwon from assuming any role as an executive or director in a securities-issuing firm. Detailed financial asset disclosures are also mandatory for Kwon.

Lawyers for TerraForm contend that the Luna Foundation Guard would be the ones to provide any funds for a settlement, not the defendants in this lawsuit. They make this argument because LFG is not involved in this case, and therefore, the fine exceeding $1 million seems excessively disproportionate. Consequently, they propose a penalty of $1 million as a reasonable reduction.

The root cause of this ongoing legal dispute can be traced back to the devastating collapse of UST in May 2022, resulting in over $50 billion in losses. This unfortunate event has significantly complicated the financial situation for Terraform Labs and its investors.

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2024-04-30 08:36