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Do Kwon Interview Explains He’s ‘Devastated’ By LUNA Collapse, Says ‘There’s A Difference Between Failing And Fraud’

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Do Kwon Interview Explains He’s ‘Devastated’ By LUNA Collapse, Says ‘There’s A Difference Between Failing And Fraud’

During a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Terraform Labs (TFL) founder Do Kwon said he was “devastated” by the LUNA and UST implosion that took place in mid-May. He told the WSJ that he was probably a billionaire when LUNA tapped an all-time high before the collapse, but lost a great portion of his net worth following the aftermath.

Do Kwon Speaks About the Terra LUNA Collapse

Do Kwon has recently discussed the LUNA and UST fallout during an interview with the WSJ contributors Alexander Osipovich and Jiyoung Sohn. The interview was published on June 22, and its the first interview Kwon has done since the Terra collapse. Kwon told the reporters that he lost most of his wealth after the crash but that doesn’t bother him that much. “This doesn’t bother me,” Kwon told the reporters. “I live a fairly frugal life,” the Terra co-founder said.

Kwon, however, said he was sorry about the losses investors took from the fallout. “I’ve been devastated by recent events and hope that all the families who’ve been impacted are taking care of themselves and those that they love,” Kwon stated in the interview. He also discussed his confidence that many called cocky, and noted that it was because he was a big believer in the Terra ecosystem. Kwon said:

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I made confident bets and made confident statements on behalf of UST because I believed in its resilience and its value proposition.” Adding he said, “I’ve since lost these bets, but my actions 100% match my words. There is a difference between failing and running a fraud.

Kwon Has ‘Great Confidence’ in the Terra’s ‘Ability to Build Back Even Stronger’

Furthermore, Kwon discussed the new Terra blockchain and LUNA 2.0 which is down 90% from the $18.87 per unit all-time high and now trades for $1.88. LUNA 2.0 has a market capitalization of around $238 million on June 23 and the token has lost 2.6% during the past 24 hours. Kwon believes the revival will be strong and thinks that LUNA 2.0 could someday surpass the LUNA classic (LUNC) chain.

“I have great confidence in our ability to build back even stronger than we once were,” Kwon told The WSJ reporters. Kwon’s WSJ interview follows the reports that said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was investigating Terraform Labs and the UST collapse. Moreover, a whistleblower called Fatman has accused Kwon of having massive amounts of LUNA in personal wallets.

Fatman has also accused Kwon of cashing out $2.7 billion in funds before the project collapsed but the Terra co-founder denies that he cashed out and he said the allegations were false. Kwon and Terraform Labs are also being sued in a class-action lawsuit that claims the co-founder and company misled investors. Additionally, official records indicate that Do Kwon dissolved Terraform Labs Korea before the LUNA and UST collapse. Three members of Terraform Labs’ in-house legal team left the company amid the controversy as well.

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Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses Terraform Labs Of Misleading Investors

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Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses Terraform Labs Of Misleading Investors

Following the Terra stablecoin depegging incident, a class-action lawsuit has been filed against the company Terraform Labs and a number of other crypto companies over the collapse of terrausd (UST). The case against Terraform Labs (TFL) was filed by the plaintiff Nick Patterson on behalf of others similarly situated and the law firm Scott+Scott LLP.

A Class-Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against TFL and Affiliated Firms — Plaintiffs Claim Terra-Based Tokens Were Unregistered Securities

According to recently filed documents in the U.S. District Court in Northern California, Terraform Labs is accused of selling unregistered securities and misleading investors. In addition to TFL, Jump Crypto, Jump Trading, Republic Capital, Definance Capital, GSR Markets, Three Arrows Capital, Nicholas Platias, and Do Kwon are also named in the lawsuit. Patterson and the group of plaintiffs accuse the defendants of “repeatedly touting the stability of UST.”

TERRAFORM LABS AND CO-FOUNDER DO KWON SUED IN U.S. COURT OVER COLLAPSE OF STABLECOIN TERRAUSD – COURT FILING

— *Walter Bloomberg (@DeItaone) June 18, 2022

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Moreover, the lawsuit claims that Terra-based tokens were unregistered securities. “The Terra tokens are securities that the TFL failed to register before selling,” the plaintiff’s lawyers insist. The lawsuit was revealed on June 18, 2022, and the whistleblower Fatman tweeted about the case being filed in California. The lawsuit explains that investors were told that UST and Anchor were stable.

Nicholas Platias, author of the Anchor white paper is quoted in the court filing as saying Anchor’s interest rate was “stable” and the decentralized finance (defi) protocol offered a “low-volatility yield” with a “reliable rate of return.” “TFL and the Luna Foundation Guard misled U.S. investors concerning the stability of UST and LUNA, as well as the sustainability of Anchor,” the plaintiff’s argument notes.

The plaintiffs also quote a tweet made by the Anchor Protocol’s official Twitter account on March 17, 2021, which said:

Anchor is not your ordinary money market. The protocol offers stable, 20% APY interest to depositors and only accepts liquid staking derivatives as posted collateral by borrowers.

Three Arrows Capital Co-Founder Accused of Telling People to Take out Loans Against Bitcoin and Deposit Proceeds Into Anchor

The lawsuit against TFL and the group of hedge funds follows the recent lawsuit against Binance US, which is accused of selling unregistered securities and advertising terrausd (UST) as “safe.” Further another lawsuit against Coinbase has been filed concerning the UST fallout as plaintiffs accuse Coinbase of passing UST off “as just another stablecoin.” The lawsuit was initiated by Erickson Kramer Osborne and the law firm Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman LLP.

In addition to TFL, Nicholas Platias, Do Kwon, Jump Crypto, Jump Trading, Republic Capital, Definance Capital, and GSR Markets, Three Arrows Capital (3AC) co-founder Su Zhu is accused of telling people to take loans out on their bitcoin to use the proceeds on Anchor. “Seven days later, immediately following the UST collapse, this post was deleted,” the lawsuit against TFL details. 3AC is allegedly facing financial hardships according to reports and crypto community members have accused the crypto hedge fund of being insolvent.

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Lawsuit Accuses Binance US Of Selling Unregistered Securities, False Advertising Terra UST As ‘Safe’

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Lawsuit Accuses Binance US Of Selling Unregistered Securities, False Advertising Terra UST As ‘Safe’

A class-action lawsuit against Binance US has been filed in California that alleges the exchange misled investors and sold unregistered securities to roughly 2,000 plaintiffs. The case was filed by the law firm Roche Freedman LLP, a company known for high-profile crypto lawsuits during the last few years. The lawsuit accuses Binance US of marketing terrausd (UST) as a firmly fixed stablecoin tied to the value of the U.S. dollar.

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Binance US Over the Terra UST Collapse — 2,000 Plaintiffs Say They Were Misled by the Exchange

On Monday, the U.S.-based Binance trading platform Binance US has been served with a lawsuit that accuses the company of selling unregistered securities and misleading investors. The accusations derive from last month’s Terra UST de-pegging incident and the entire Terra Classic blockchain ecosystem getting obliterated.

The class-action lawsuit was filed in California and the law firm behind the case is Roche Freedman LLP, the company that was involved in the Kleiman vs. Wright case and other well known crypto lawsuits.

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Binance US CEO Brian Shroder is also named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses Binance US of not being committed to its customers by not complying with U.S. federal and state securities laws when it listed terrausd (UST). The lawsuit claims UST was sold as a “safe” asset and as “an early supporter of [Terraform Labs], Binance US is intimately familiar with UST and LUNA.”

Screenshot of the lawsuit against Binance US.

The lawsuit shows an advertisement showing Binance offering locked staking on UST and it says “high yield, safe & happy earn.” Another advertisement shown in the lawsuit calls UST “fiat-backed.” The class action says that Binance US failed to disclose that “UST is in fact a security” and Binance “refused to register” with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a “securities exchange or as a broker-dealer.”

“Binance US’s failure to comply with the securities laws, and its false advertisements of UST, have led to disastrous consequences for Binance US’s customers in May 2022, in the span of just a few days, UST lost essentially all its value — a loss of approximately $18 billion,” the lawsuit alleges. According to the lawsuit, after the UST collapse Binance removed the false adverts but notes that Binance has not stopped selling Terra-based securities.

The lawsuit states:

Binance US’s parent company blithely added insult to injury when, on May 31, 2022, it began selling Luna 2.0 — a new token which, just like LUNA, is centrally controlled by [Terraform Labs].

Whistleblower Fatman Says the Binance Lawsuit Is Just the Beginning as Another Class-Action Lawsuit Aimed at Helping Terra Investors Is Coming

The well known whistleblower Fatman helped the suit move forward by gathering 2,000 Terra investors. Fatman has disclosed that another class-action suit aimed at helping grieving Terra investors will follow the case filed by Roche Freedman on Monday. Fatman tweeted about the current class action against Binance US on Monday as well.

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“We begin today,” Fatman tweeted. “Partnered with one of the law firms I’m working with, Roche Freedman, our group of UST victims are bringing a class action against Binance US for tortious deceit [and] more. I prefer a world where when crypto companies lie [and] prey on the weak, there are consequences.”

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Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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