Cryptocurrency and inventory buying and selling platform Robinhood will allegedly face allegations of market manipulation as a part of a class-action lawsuit introduced by traders in “meme shares” from 9 completely different firms throughout a January 2021 rally.
In accordance with a Thursday report from Reuters, United States District Courtroom Choose Cecilia Altonaga of the Southern District of Florida dominated that traders in GameStop, AMC and 7 different unnamed shares — which can embody Nokia and BlackBerry — might proceed with a lawsuit alleging that Robinhood artificially elevated the provision of shares. In January 2021, the value of a number of property, together with the meme token Dogecoin (DOGE), rose to all-time highs after Redditors on r/Wallstreetbets pumped up curiosity in sure shares and cryptocurrencies.
Robinhood suspended — however later resumed — buys of GME inventory and others following the property rising exponentially, placing the buying and selling platform in the course of a battle between retail traders and huge hedge funds shorting shares. 1000’s of customers left one-star critiques for Robinhood’s app on the Google Play Retailer, the platform put its plans for an preliminary public providing within the U.S. on maintain and people filed a number of class-action lawsuits alleging Robinhood was kowtowing to the pursuits of the concerned hedge funds, given its ties to Citadel and Melvin Capital.
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Following the meme inventory controversy, Robinhood was typically the goal of U.S. lawmakers on the lookout for solutions. CEO Vlad Tenev testified earlier than a Home Monetary Providers Committee listening to in February 2021. Unrelated to the occasions round meme shares, the New York Division of Monetary Providers additionally introduced on Aug. 2 that Robinhood Crypto can pay a $30 million penalty to the state “for important failures within the areas of Financial institution Secrecy Act/Anti-Cash Laundering obligations.”
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Following the discharge of Robinhood’s monetary outcomes for the second quarter of 2022, Tenev mentioned he deliberate to put off 23% of employees on the agency, saying reducing the workforce down by 9% in April didn’t “go far sufficient” to assist the buying and selling platform. On the time of publication, shares of HOOD are buying and selling for $10.59, having risen by greater than 26% within the final 30 days.
Cointelegraph reached out to Robinhood, however didn’t obtain a response on the time of publication