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Blockchain Association opposes Telegram injunction order

Blockchain Association opposes Telegram injunction order

The Blockchain Association has once again come out to oppose Telegram injunction order. It has filed an amicus brief in the court requesting it to reconsider its injunction order. Securities and Exchange Commission has taken legal action against Telegram for undertaking a $1.7 billion ‘Initial Coin Offering’ and termed it as an unregistered securities sale.

The amicus brief favors Telegram because it believes a decision against the company can hurt blockchain development prospects. The development comes after a NY District court supported SEC claims regarding the illegal token sale conducted by Telegram sale late last year.

Telegram injunction order supports SEC action

The Blockchain Association consists of the crypto industry’s biggest and most influential brands. It now defends Telegram by filing an amicus brief. The alleged Telegram ICO involved ‘Grams’ token sale that the agency believes fall under the ‘unregistered securities’ category. However, the company refutes these claims saying it had plans were to amalgamate the blockchain network with its messenger application.

The ongoing legal battle is tilting towards the SEC. The Telegram injunction order has practically halted the company’s forthcoming ‘Telegram Open Network’ launch. The lobbyist organization, therefore, supports the reconsideration of the temporary injunction proceedings.

Telegram injunction order lacks clarity

The advocacy group says that the court has erred. It further questioned the New York Southern District Court Judge P. Kevin Castel’s decision that Telegram’s ICO was, in all probability, a securities offering.

This is the second time the advocacy group has openly supported Telegram. It backs the company’s stand that Grams tokens have not been minted yet and thus cannot be considered a security. The ICO featured a ‘Simple Agreement for Future Tokens’ contract whereby participants were purchasing the right to purchase Grams and not the actual Grams. It seems that the Telegram SEC legal battle will have a binding effect on such ICOs in the coming years.

Gurpreet Thind

Gurpreet Thind

Gurpreet Thind is pursuing Masters in Electrical Engineering at University of Ottawa. His scholarly interests include IT, computer languages and cryptocurrencies. With a special interest in blockchain powered architectures, he seeks to explore the societal impact of digital currencies as finance of the future. He is passionate about learning new languages, cultures and social media.

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