U.S. regulators got the green light from a federal judge to proceed with their lawsuit against a Texas man accused of running a Ponzi scheme using Bitcoin, the virtual online money system. Trendon Shavers of Bitcoin Savings & Trust had challenged the Securities and Exchange Commission s case against him, saying the regulator had no jurisdiction to sue him because the Bitcoin investments he offered are not securities or subject to any U.S. regulation. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos L. Mazzant in the Eastern District of Texas ruled on Tuesday that his Bitcoin investments meet the definition of investment contract, and as such, are securities. Bitcoin exists through an open-source software program. It is not managed by any one company, it is not regulated by any central bank, and its supply is controlled through a computer algorithm. Users can buy bitcoins through exchanges that convert real money into the virtual currency. The SEC warned investors against the dangers of potentialFeb 28 Mt.
Gox, once the world s largest bitcoin exchange, has been sued by a customer in what may be the first of many U.S. lawsuits seeking to recoup millions of dollars of losses linked to a hacking attack that led to the exchange s bankruptcy. In a complaint filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago, plaintiff Gregory Greene said Mt.
Gox and its chief executive, Mark Karpeles, were negligent and committed fraud for having failed to protect the Tokyo-based exchange from theft.
Greene said bitcoin prices plummeted after Mt.
Gox found the security breach, but said he and other investors in the virtual currency could not cut their losses because the exchange had halted trading. Mt.
Gox took down its website on Tuesday. Mt.
Gox intentionally and knowingly failed to provide its users with the level of security protection for which they paid, said Greene, who estimated his bitcoin stake at $25,000. The lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of Mt.
Gox users, restitution,Weeks after having his world turned upside down by a Newsweek cover story proclaiming him the alleged inventor of Bitcoin, 64-year-old California resident Dorian S. Nakamoto has lawyered up. Nakamoto first denied the accuracy of the story while being chased by a swarm of Los Angeles reporters through an elevator in the Associated Press’ LA bureau building, and then more formally in a two-hour sit down interview with the AP. His attorney’s first action yesterday was to reiterate that denial in stronger terms.
An official statement issued by attorney Ethan D. Kirschner on Nakamoto’s behalf and first published by Reuters’ Felix Salmon, reads: My name is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. I am the subject of the Newsweek story on Bitcoin. I am writing this statement to clear my name. I did not create, invent or otherwise work on Bitcoin. I unconditionally deny the Newsweek report. The first time I heard the term bitcoin was from my son in mid-February 2014.
After being contacted by a reporter, myOne of the world’s most mysterious Bitcoin-related companies is now facing its first civil lawsuit in a United States federal court, with many more likely on the way. Last summer, Ars reported on Butterfly Labs (BFL), which makes ASIC-based Bitcoin miners. In other words, BFL builds little boxes with specialized chips that do nothing but compute hashes in the Bitcoin blockchain—a process which can lead to real money for the miners.
Given that the value of Bitcoin has skyrocketed in recent months (hovering around $820 per bitcoin as of this writing), mining coins when their value is lower is clearly profitable. Martin Meissner, a German-Polish man who lives in China, placed an order for a BFL miner back in March 2013 but ultimately never received his order. He alleges that he spent over $62,000 to order two 1500 gigahash-per-second Bitcoin miners. To date, he has not received a refund for his payment. His lawsuit, filed in December 2013, accuses BFL of breach of contract, fraud, andA multi-million dollar lawsuit between two major players in the bitcoin industry, Mt.Gox and CoinLab, could affect the long-term future of the currency. The quest for mainstream Bitcoin acceptance hit a potentially major roadblock this week. Mt.Gox, the Tokyo-based exhange that currently handles about three-fourths of all Bitcoin trades in the world, is suing the Seattle-based Bitcoin exchange CoinLab for about $5.3 million. Last February, the two companies announced a partnership--CoinLab would become Mt.Gox s exclusive North American agent. The deal made sense, largely because Mt.Gox couldn t serve the American market efficiently. But by May 2013, things had gone awry. CoinLab claimed Mt.
Gox breached the contract. Defendants have breached the exclusivity provisions of the Agreement by directly servicing customers in the United States and Canada since the Agreement took effect, CoinLab alleged. The exchange announed it was suing Mt.Gox for $75 million. While that case is stillA recent theft at Bitcoinica, one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges, resulted last week in a debut for the currency in the California court system. Four prominent members of the Bitcoin community, including Jed McCaleb—the original developer of Mt.
Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange and a competitor to Bitcoinica—filed a lawsuit on 6 August against the company, seeking reimbursement for US $460 457 in lost funds. While there have been multiple hacking incidents since the cryptocurrency went online in 2009, this is the first time members of the community, have taken legal action. The whole affair started in March when hackers skimmed over 46 000 BTC from the exchange with an attack aimed at the Webhost, Linode. Three months later, Bitcoinica Consultancy, which has supposedly been handling the exchange since this April, announced that it lost another 40,000 BTC (about $350 at the time) through an unauthorized withdrawal from a Mt.
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Sep 23, 2014 · The Federal Trade Commission has filed a civil lawsuit against Butterfly Labs (BFL), an embattled Kansas-based Bitcoin miner manufacturer. The FTC.