Coinbase, the leading cryptocurrency exchange in the United States, secures landmark victory in Supreme Court ruling, enabling the company to halt lawsuit deliberation and transition the case to private arbitration.
This significant triumph, although not directly impacting the crypto industry, marks the first-ever Supreme Court ruling in favor of a digital asset firm.
With a 5 to 4 majority, the Supreme Court overturns a lower court’s decision related to a customer’s lawsuit accusing Coinbase of failing to replace funds unlawfully withdrawn from their account.
According to Justice Brett Kavanaugh:
“The core issue at hand is whether the district court should pause its pre-trial and trial proceedings during the ongoing interlocutory appeal. The answer is affirmative: the district court must suspend its proceedings.”
Expressing her thoughts, Katherine Minarik, Coinbase’s Vice President of Litigation, states to FOX Business:
“It is only reasonable that lower court litigation should be temporarily halted while an appellate court determines the suitability of a case for court proceedings… Coinbase acknowledges and appreciates today’s Supreme Court ruling, acknowledging the significant burdens faced by companies like Coinbase and our customers when cases that should be resolved through arbitration are needlessly subjected to lengthy and costly court proceedings.”
Paul Grewal, Chief Legal Officer of Coinbase, also emphasizes the importance of this ruling and refers to it as a “crucial victory.”
“We extend our gratitude to the Supreme Court for their thorough examination. This serves as another example of why I have faith in the American court system. The rule of law may sometimes be slow and disappointing, but it remains our last and best hope within an imperfect democracy.”
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