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Altcoins This Week: Ripple Faces Class Action Lawsuit, JPMorgan And IBM Bet On Blockchain And More

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Ripple Faces Class Action Lawsuit

The Taylor-Copeland law firm has filed a class action suit against Ripple Labs for the alleged sale of unregistered securities. The official complaint targets Ripple, XRP II and Ripple’s CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, claiming that the sale of XRP tokens was made in violation of US Securities Law. The plaintiff states that they lost about 32% of their investment (roughly $550). This was contrary to his expectation, due he claims, to the promotional practices of Ripple Labs and favourable comments made regarding the cryptocurrency.

Furthermore, the plaintiff claims that Ripple Labs violated the Securities Act and the California Corporations Code. They are seeking payment of attorney’s fees, costs of the suit and punitive damages. Additionally, they want the court to declare XRP an unregistered security sale and to prevent defendants from further violations of the law.

South Korea to Ease Cryptocurrency Regulations

According to The Korea Times, the newly appointed Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) Governor, Toon Suk-heun, has commented on speculation regarding the relaxing of cryptocurrency regulations. Suk-heun stated that the FSS plans to collaborate with the FSC on an inspection of policies and financial institutions to further develop legislation for the cryptocurrency market. Suk-heun noted that better regulations were needed in order to produce a more stable financial system.

Portuguese Parliament To Discuss Cryptocurrencies Bill

The Portuguese Parliament has scheduled a debate for next week to discuss a bill regarding regulations for the cryptocurrency market. The bill seeks to provide regulation of payments made in cryptocurrencies and to provide users with a safer environment for transactions. According to an article in the publication Jornal De Negocios, the session will also cover sanctions and ICOs. The aim of the debate is to allow more new payment options within the market, while making them secure and profitable. Such regulations would allow cryptocurrencies to be accepted within the country, which would benefit consumers and promote different markets.

JPMorgan And IBM Apply For Blockchain Patents

JPMorgan has filed for a patent which aims to utilize distributed-ledger-based systems to record payments sent from one bank to another. They join the list of major companies and banks who are now betting on blockchain technology. These include Santander Bank, BBVA Bank and others. One of the benefits of using this technology is the capability to ensure the validity of both transacting parties and transactions. The capacity and speed of the distributed ledgers offer updates with a verifiable audit trail, which provides an ideal storage container and processing tool for handling payment transactions.

Another major company betting on blockchain technology is IBM. The computer manufacturer has filed a patent which intends to use it to create a radio frequency identification chip. This would be inserted under users’ skin to make automated payments. The chip will work as a barcode, with the aim of the project to integrate an online wallet with a system of cryptocurrency payments within it. The insertion of the chip won’t be an invasive procedure and will not require electricity, only activating when near a scan reader, which will supply enough power for it to function.

Altcoins Had a Good Week

Altcoins had a good week. Ethereum (ETH) started the week at $680 and reached the $800 mark on Saturday. It reached its highest point of $830 on the same date but then began to drop, closing the week at $780. Ripple (XRP) started the week at 0.84c and went up to 0.92c before dropping to 0.89 on Friday, closing the week at 0.86c. They were also involved in controversy this week after a class action lawsuit was filed against Ripple Labs. Bitcoin Cash (BTH) started the week at $1390, experienced a bit of a drop but then went up to $1500 on Thursday. It continued to show growth through the week closing at $1700. Litecoin (LTC) opened the week at the $150 mark and gained about $20 throughout the week, before closing just below $170.

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