Stablegains was sued for marketing UST as a “secure” investment

The now-shuttered stablecoin yield platform is being sued for reportedly funnelling client cash into Anchor Protocol without their knowledge or agreement, resulting in consumer losses.

In a Californian court, the decentralized finance yield platform Stablegains has been sued for allegedly deceiving investors and failing to comply with securities regulations.

Alec and Artin Ohanian filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on February 18, claiming that the shutteredDeFi platform redirected all client monies to the Anchor Protocol without their knowledge or permission.

Anchor Protocol promised returns of up to 20% on Terra USD, the algorithmic stablecoin created by Terraform Labs.

Being an early investor and backer of TFL, Stablegains is intimately aware of UST and LUNA. In actuality, Stablegains, Inc. misrepresented UST as a secure investment.”

Stablegains promised its clients a 15% return, pocketing the difference between their yields and those of Anchor Protocol.

Moreover, the plaintiffs claim that UST was a security and that Stablegains violated federal securities laws: “Stablegains blatantly disregarded federal and state securities regulations. “Stablegains neglected to disclose that UST is a security.”

In addition, the business failed to register with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as either a securities exchange or a broker-dealer, according to the lawsuit.

In May, the collapse of the UST ecosystem had “severe effects for Stablegains’ consumers,” according to the Ohanians. UST decoupled from the dollar, resulting in a larger run on DeFi and crypto markets in May and a loss of around $18 billion from the Terra/Luna ecosystem.

The lawsuit asserted that after the crash, Stablegains revised its website and advertising materials portraying UST as “safe” and “fiat-backed,” thereby acknowledging that UST was none of these things.

Instead of liquidating assets and repaying client cash, Stablegains “retained the bulk of the devalued assets placed by its consumers, choosing effectively to reroute them into Terra 2.0,” the company said.

Stablegains, which began operations in August 2021, ceased operations on May 22. The company has terminated its services, applications, and support for Anchor Protocol and has asked consumers to withdraw their monies. According to Cointelegraph, Stablegains faced a similar lawsuit at the time.

The exact amount of damages claimed was not specified, but the plaintiffs demanded a trial. The SEC filed a complaint against Terraform Labs and its creator Do Kwon on February 16, alleging that they “orchestrated a multi-billion dollar crypto asset securities scam.”

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