Tether faces yet another lawsuit, this time for ‘unlawful and deceptive’ practices

“Two regulatory agencies, the New York State Attorney General and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission found that Defendants had misrepresented the backing of Tether tokens and in fact, Defendants did not maintain the same amount of reserves as Tether tokens in circulation. At times, Defendants had no reserves whatsoever.”

More accusations followed such as, the company continues with its “unlawful and deceptive” practices. That it lied about its stablecoin being backed one-to-one by sufficient dollar reserves and “suppressed” information about failing to undergo routine audits, Further,

“The above unfair and deceptive acts and practices by Defendants were immoral, unethical, oppressive, and unscrupulous.”

Therefore, this indicates a breach of contract. According to the plaintiffs, the aforesaid actions entitles them to “compensatory and consequential damages,” the amount of which will be determined at trial.

Copycat lawsuit? 

Needless to say, the accused say otherwise. Tether responded to the “nonsense, copycat” lawsuit, claiming that it will aggressively litigate its “meritless claims.” The official response was published on Twitter.

In short, this wasn’t the first time this has happened. Certainly not for Tether and its executives. In October, Tether paid a $41 million fine to the CFTC after being accused by the regulator of making misleading statements about the flagship USDT stablecoin. In another news, it reached another settlement amounting to $18.5 million with New York Attorney General Letitia James over an undisclosed loan.

Overall, the company has had a bumpy ride in the recent times. These concerns were magnified especially after Bloomberg released a controversial article highlighting some of the “shady deals” large Chinese companies have undertaken.

Needless to say, Tether fired back with full guns blazing. The accused saw it as an attempt to perpetuate a false and aging story arc about Tether based on innuendo and misinformation.

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