A class-action lawsuit has been filed claiming that cryptocurrency solana (SOL) is an unregistered security under the Howey test. “The specific facts and circumstances relating to SOL securities support the conclusion that SOL is a security under the Howey test,” the plaintiff argued.
The defendants named in the lawsuit are Solana Labs Inc., the Solana Foundation, Solana Labs CEO Anatoly Yakovenko, Multicoin Capital Management LLC, Kyle Samani, and Falconx LLC. The lawsuit states:
Defendants made enormous profits through the sale of SOL securities to retail investors in the United States, in violation of the registration provisions of federal and state securities laws, and the investors have suffered enormous losses.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants deliberately made false or misleading statements regarding solana’s total circulating supply and its decentralized nature. It adds that Solana’s blockchain network is prone to “devastating outages” and network congestion.
The plaintiff alleged that Multicoin Capital Management and Kyle Samani “relentlessly promoted SOL securities, after purchasing them for $0.40 in 2019.” They subsequently “offloaded millions of dollars of SOL securities on retail investors” using OTC trading desks such as Falconx to act as a broker for the sale, he further detailed.
Noting that on April 3, 2019, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published a “Framework for ‘Investment Contract’ Analysis of Digital Assets,” the lawsuit claims:
The specific facts and circumstances relating to SOL securities support the conclusion that SOL is a security under the Howey test.
The plaintiff is seeking compensation for all damages sustained as a result of the defendants’ wrongdoing and a declaration that solana is a security and that the defendants’ unregistered sales of SOL securities violated applicable laws.
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