Sensitive documents outlining the proprietary investment strategies of Telegram ICO participants have been redacted from the case with the SEC.
A US District Judge has approved the majority of redaction requests received during the proceedings surrounding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) lawsuit against messaging firm Telegram over its $1.7 billion initial coin offering (ICO).
The SEC took action against Telegram in October 2019, filing a temporary restraining order barring Telegram from distributing its tokens.
The SEC submitted a cache of documents in support of its temporary restraining order, including roughly one dozen exhibits that revealed the strategic considerations of venture capital firms and investors who participated in the ICO and later cooperated with the SEC.
The documents were filed under temporary seal to protect the privacy of non-parties to the suit, but Judge Castel’s June 17 decision has ensured that significant portions of various exhibits in the case will be sealed permanently “to protect the specific interests of the non-parties.”
One dozen docs
Roughly one dozen documents have been redacted to protect the various VCs who cooperated with the SEC, with two documents adjusted to identify ICO participants pseudonymously.
While the redactions were initially sought by the ICO participants that cooperated with the SEC, Judge Castel approved redactions proposed by the SEC that he described as having “narrowly tailored” the requests “to protect the specific interests of the non-parties”.
Documents concerning the SEC’s efforts to convince Telegram’s former financial adviser John Hyman to testify will also remain under seal, as will Telegram’s banking records.
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