Tron Unveils Legal Strategy Against SEC, Seeks Dismissal

Tron’s legal battle with the SEC over TRX and BTT’s status questions jurisdiction and regulations in the cryptocurrency industry.

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  • Tron disputes SEC’s jurisdiction. 
  • The defense argues that TRX and BTT are not securities.
  • The case highlights the need for clear cryptocurrency regulation.

The cryptocurrency sector is once again at the forefront of a legal showdown, this time between blockchain network Tron and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

In response to the SEC’s lawsuit, Tron has mounted a vigorous defense, challenging the jurisdiction and application of securities laws to its digital assets, TRX and BTT. 

In a detailed motion to dismiss, filed on Thursday, March 28, Tron argued that the SEC lacks jurisdiction over their foreign-based operations and digital transactions. 


Tron challenges the SEC’s attempt to extend its regulatory reach to transactions on global platforms and through social media, contests, and airdrops that, according to them, do not directly involve U.S. markets or investors.

Furthermore, they argue that TRX and BTT tokens were not sold as investment contracts under the Howey Test, thus not qualifying as securities. Tron also highlights the absence of clear regulatory guidance for cryptocurrencies, suggesting that the SEC’s action violates fair notice and due process principles. 

Lastly, Tron invokes the major questions doctrine, questioning the SEC’s authority to expand its regulatory perimeter unilaterally into the digital asset space without explicit congressional authorization.

The SEC’s Case Against Tron and Justin Sun

The SEC filed its lawsuit against Justin Sun, the Tron Foundation, the BitTorrent Foundation, and Rainberry in March 2023. The lawsuit accuses Sun of manipulative wash trading to artificially boost TRX’s trading volume and includes charges of fraud and market manipulation​. 


The SEC claims Sun’s actions, including engaging in over 600,000 wash trades of TRX between accounts he controlled, aimed to misleadingly inflate TRX’s trading volume. This scheme allegedly facilitated Sun’s token sale of over $31 million worth. 

The lawsuit also involves allegations against several celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Jake Paul, and Akon, for illegally touting TRX and BTT on social media without disclosing their compensation, thereby misleading the public​ 

On the Flipside

  • Critics, including Brian Armstrong of Coinbase, argue that the SEC’s aggressive posture toward crypto companies may stifle innovation and push the industry offshore. 
  • Tron founder Justin Sun has been embroiled in several controversies, including allegations of plagiarizing the Ethereum whitepaper.  

Why This Matters

The SEC’s lawsuit against Tron and its broader regulatory actions underscore the urgent need for regulatory clarity in the cryptocurrency industry. Clear guidelines are essential for protecting investors, fostering innovation, and ensuring the long-term viability of the crypto market.

Read more about the SEC’s lawsuit against Tron

SEC Sues Tron Founder Justin Sun Over Fraud, TRX Wash Trading Scheme

Read more about Ethereum founder’s take on Worldcoin: 

Vitalik Buterin Praises Worldcoin, Despite Privacy Concerns 

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.