Does the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has the authority to combat fraud associated with cryptocurrencies? Coz currently CFTC is being challenged in court over its oversight of cryptocurrencies.
The defendants argue that their tokens are not commodities, with no futures contracts, which the CFTC regulates. The outcome of this case could affect the Commission’s ability to police all future crypto frauds. The case involving My Big Coin could determine whether the derivatives regulator “has the authority to combat fraud associated with cryptocurrencies,” Reuters reported on Wednesday.
The lawyer for the defense Katherine Cooper has explained that “our argument boils down to the fact that because My Big Coin does not have future contracts or other derivatives trading on it, it is not a commodity,” and does not fall under the Commodity Exchange Act according to which the CFTC is the regulator.
The news outlet further said: “Lawyers watching the case say a ruling against the CFTC could affect its ability to police virtual currency frauds as the only one on which futures contracts are traded in the United States is bitcoin.”
Other lawyer also believed that this case “would have a chilling effect on the CFTC’s application of its powers in this area.” Other than My Big Coin, the Commission has announced eight cryptocurrency-related cases to date, the publication noted, adding that U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel in Boston is set to hear the My Big Coin case on Thursday.
What do you think about this case that could make CFTC lost his power over crypto?