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11 class actions against 42 defendants in 16 countries alleging sale of unregistered cryptocurrencies

April 04, 2020 - The cryptocurrency industry experienced its own 'Red Wedding' on April 3rd when 11 class action complaints alleging the sale of unregistered securities were filed at federal court in Manhattan against 42 parties in the BVI, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Estonia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Malta, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, and Vietnam.

Eric Lee et al v. Binance et al: Class Action Complaint

April 03, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities involving digital tokens known as EOS, BNT, SNT, QSP, KNC, TRX, FUN, ICX, OMG, LEND, ELF, and CVC in Eric Lee and Chase Williams v. Binance, described as the Malta-domiciled "largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world, with a market capitalization of $1.3 billion"; Changpeng Zhao, described as a resident of Taiwan; Yi He, described as a resident of Malta, and Roger Wang, described as a resident of Malta, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Alexander Clifford v. Bibox Group Holdings Ltd. et al: Class Action Complaint

April 03, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities involving an online exchange known as Bibox in Alexander Clifford v. Bibox Group Holdings Ltd., described as a British Virgin Islands-domiciled company based in New York; Bibox Technology Ltd., domiciled in Estonia; Bibox Technology Oü, domiciled in Estonia; Wanlin 'Aries' Wang, of Long Island, NY; Ji 'Kevin' Ma, of China, and Jeffrey Lei, of Singapore, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Alexander Clifford et al v. TRON Foundation et al: Class Action Complaint

April 03, 2020 - Class Action Complaint alleging the sale of unregistered securities in the form of digital tokens knowns as TRX in Alexander Clifford and Chase Williams v. TRON Foundation, described as a Singapore-domiciled "blockchain-focused software development company ... with offices in California, Singapore, and Beijing"; Justin Sun, and Zhiqiang (Lucien) Chen, described as residents of San Francisco, California, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Steven Reynolds v. Binance Holdings Ltd.: Complaint

March 27, 2020 - Complaint in Steven Cody Reynolds, a resident of Oregon described as "an experienced investor in cryptocurrencies" v. Binance Holdings Ltd., described as "a Cayman Islands limited company with headquarters in the Republic of Malta", at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Hungary: JPMorgan Chase Bank

March 27, 2020 - Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Hungary - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for fraud" committed against companies in China and Hungary.

Spectra Premium Industries Inc. et al: Chapter 15 Petition

March 11, 2020 - Chapter 15 Petition for Recognition of a Foreign Main Proceeding in Canada by Eric St-Amour, of Ernst & Young, as the Foreign Representative of Spectra Premium Industries Inc., Spectra Premium Holdings (USA) Corp., Spectra Premium (USA) Corp., and Spectra Premium Properties (USA) Corp., at the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Hedrick House Ltd. v. eMblaze One Inc. et al: Discovery Application

March 05, 2020 - Application by Hedrick House Limited, of the British Virgin Islands, to take discovery from eMblaze One Inc. and Jaspreet Mathur, a.k.a. Jas Mathur, for use in legal proceedings in England against Nicholas Christian Fletcher, a citizen of the United Kingdom, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Philippe Lemieux v. Canaan Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

March 04, 2020 - Complaint alleging securities fraud in Philippe Lemieux v. Canaan Inc., a Cayman Islands company based in China whose shares are listed on NASDAQ; Nangeng Zhang, Jiaxuan Li, Jianping Kong, Qifeng Sun, Quanfu Hong, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., China Renaissance Securities (Hong Kong) Limited, CMB International Capital Limited, Galaxy Digital Advisors LLC, Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited, Tiger Brokers (NZ) Limited, Haitong International Securities Company Limited, and ViewTrade Securities Inc. at the U. S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd. v. Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Ltd.: Stop Notice Re. Shares in Nobao Renewable Energy Holdings Ltd.

February 28, 2020 - Stop Notice by China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd., Hong Kong Branch regarding shares in Nobao Renewable Energy Holdings Limited owned by Asia Pacific Resources Development Investment Limited, filed at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.

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