Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex did business with New York-based customers and vendors as recently as this May, according to a filing made in State Supreme Court by the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James.
A court on May 22 ordered New York State Attorney General Letitia James to prove her office has the right to sue Bitfinex and Tether for fraud and securities law violations.
The Tether stablecoin is backed in some part by bitcoins. David Miller, an attorney for Tether’s sister firm, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex, revealed in court last week that Tether has invested “a small amount” of the reserve dollars backing the tethers (USDt) in bitcoins (BTC). He added that the company had also invested in other undescribed assets.
On May 16, New York State Supreme Court Judge Joel Cohen modified an injunction granted to James that froze the ability of stablecoin issuer Tether from loaning any more money to its sister company, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex. But, Tether’s ability to loan Bitfinex any more money also remains frozen, and all the judge did in limiting the order to 90 days is make the Attorney General’s office reapply for the injunction once a quarter if they want to keep investigating.