Kik, the former messaging app now shifting its focus to cryptocurrency, has been involved in a court case with the SEC, which alleges that a 2017 ICO breached the commission's regulations due to the fact that its coin, Kin, is actually a security.
Kik Legal Team Struggle for Plausible ExplanationThe legal team for Kik has argued in the court of the Southern District of New York that the case against it is null and void based on the premise that the legal definition of an “investment contract” is unclear. However, the presiding judge has dismissed this argument and also threw out a subsequent motion to reconsider. Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said:
"Defendant does not mention any new matter of fact or law, or any binding precedent that I failed to consider. That is enough to deny the motion. Furthermore, as I originally held, the deliberations within an agency sheds no light on the application of the statute or regulation in issue. If the law is vague, or confusing, or arbitrary, as [kik] argues, that can be argued objectively. Proper discovery should be focused on what [kik] did, and not why the agency decided to bring the case.”The allegations against Kik stem from its Kin ICO in 2017, which raised over $100 million USD. While the SEC alleges that the token is actually a security and therefore should be registered with the commission, it also argues that management at the company was aware that it would run out of cash by the end of 2017, and that the offering was merely a poorly veiled attempt at keeping the company afloat. >> Canaan Targets $100 Million Through US IPO: Key Points to Watch