The US CFTC filed a federal lawsuit in New York on Tuesday accusing Gemini Trust Co of constructing false and deceptive statements regarding a bitcoin futures contract the agency was pursuing in 2017.
The company contends that Gemini, a crypto change led by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, violated federal legal guidelines governing commodities, and is looking for civil fines and different treatments.
Gemini officers “knew or reasonably should have known that the statements and information conveyed or omitted” by the corporate had been false or deceptive with respect to how a proposed bitcoin futures contract might be prone to manipulation, in accordance the submitting.
“We have an eight year track-record of asking for permission, not forgiveness, and always doing the right thing. We look forward to definitively proving this in court,” Gemini stated in an announcement.
Gretchen Lowe, performing director of enforcement on the CFTC, stated in an announcement the lawsuit “sends a strong message that the Commission will act to safeguard the integrity of the market oversight process.”
The CFTC submitting famous that Gemini’s proposed bitcoin futures contract was significantly important as a result of it was to be one of many first digital asset futures contracts listed on a chosen contract market.
In December 2017, a Gemini bitcoin futures contract started buying and selling on the Cboe Futures Exchange underneath the ticker image “XBT,” though it was not instantly clear if the CFTC’s lawsuit referenced this contract particularly.