In recent regulatory news, an executive board member of the European Central Bank (ECB) has given a dismissive appraisal of bitcoin and rejected the prospect of central banks issuing state-backed digital currencies in the foreseeable future. In other news, Ripple Labs has moved to consolidate three lawsuits into a single federal suit, while the police have arrested eight individuals in Tokyo who are suspected of involvement in a $68.4 million cryptocurrency pyramid scheme.
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ECB Board Member Dismisses Prospect of
Central Bank-Issued Virtual Currencies
Benoit Coeure, an executive board member of the ECB, has issued a critical appraisal of bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general. He described them as “the evil spawn of the financial crisis” in a recent speech at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel.
“Bitcoin was an extremely clever idea,” Coeure stated. “Sadly, not every clever idea is a good idea.”
Coeure was also dismissive of the prospect of central bank-issued virtual currencies becoming a reality within the next 10 years. “There is broad agreement that a central bank digital currency, in whatever form, is unlikely to be issued within the next decade,” he said.
Ripple to Take Lawsuits to Federal Court
Ripple Labs has moved to consolidate three ongoing class-action lawsuits the company faces into a single federal suit. Various lawyers have described the move as “slick” and exhibiting “tactical brilliance.”
The suits were filed by David Oconer, Vladi Zakinov and Avner Greenwald, who are collectively seeking more than $167 million in damages on behalf of “thousands” of investors. Ripple is seeking for the case to be heard at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The combined number of plaintiffs involved in all of the cases exceeds 100.
Tokyo Police Arrest 8 Over
$68.4M Pyramid Scheme
Police in Tokyo have arrested eight men for their alleged involvement in a pyramid scheme that duped roughly 6,000 investors out of an estimated 7.8 billion yen ($68.4 million) worth of cryptocurrency. The individuals are suspected of violating Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Act by failing to register their business operations with the relevant authorities.
Investors were recruited at events such as seminars, where they were promised monthly returns of between 3 percent and 20 percent. Six of the eight individuals who were arrested have reportedly confessed to the allegations made against them.
Last month, a group of 73 individuals who fell victim to the scheme filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court. They are seeking 370 million yen ($3.276 million) in damages.
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