Consensys Says it Fully Expected SEC to File Lawsuit Alleging MetaMask Software Failed to Register as Securities Broker

Consensys claims that it fully expected the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to follow through on its threat to claim their MetaMask software interface must register as a securities broker.

Consensys further noted via social media that the SEC has been pursuing an “anti-crypto agenda” that has been led by “ad hoc enforcement action.”

According to Consensys, this is just the latest “example of its regulatory overreach – a transparent attempt to redefine well-established legal standards and expand the SEC’s jurisdiction via lawsuit.”

Consensys says they are confident in their position that the SEC has “not been granted authority to regulate software interfaces like MetaMask.”

Consensys added that they will continue “to vigorously pursue their case in Texas for ruling on these issues because it matters not only to their company but the future success of Web3.”

As reported recently, Consensys, founded by an Ethereum co-founder, was hit with charges by the SEC alleging the offer and sales of unregistered securities via its Metamask staking service.

Metamask offers staking of Ethereum for users to generate “rewards.”

Consensys is one of multiple digital asset firms that are battling the SEC and the current opaque environment in regard to regulating crypto.

This past April, Consensys filed a lawsuit against the SEC challenging the agencies for arbitrarily expanding its jurisdiction as well as its “reckless approach is bringing chaos to developers, market participants, institutions, and nations who are building or already managing critical systems running on Ethereum.”

The SEC claims that Consensys offered and sold tens of thousands of unregistered securities on behalf of liquid staking program providers Lido and Rocket Pool, who create and issue liquid staking tokens (called stETH and rETH) in exchange for staked assets.

The SEC adds that while staked tokens are generally locked up and cannot be traded or used while they are staked, liquid staking tokens, as the name implies, can be bought and sold freely.

Based on these developments, it’s clear that the world around us is changing. And one of the most obvious sectors where change has definitely made a considerable impact is the world of finance. The US along with other jurisdictions badly need updated rules and guidelines for firms offering innovative digital financial services. Crypto is already a highly technical and experimental field and the SEC appears to have made things a lot worse for consumers by not acting in a more responsible, mature, and supportive manner.

It’s evident that regulators and crypto / Fintech innovators will have to work a lot more cooperatively so that they can enable consumers and businesses to harness the benefits of technological innovation. Of course, there are many bad actors in just about any industry. But this does not mean that there are no positive developments to look forward to, and support in a meaningful, practical, and sustainable manner.

Crypto, just like any other industry, has its benefits / advantages as well as its drawbacks. By focusing sharply on accelerating transformative growth in the most high potential areas such as Bitcoin and Ethereum development, stablecoin adoption, and offering a supportive environment for digital securities could help pave the way forward for more accessible and improved financial services.

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