Court Rules ETH as a Commodity in Uniswap Lawsuit

In a significant legal development, a New York court has redefined the status of popular cryptocurrencies Ethereum (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC), classifying them as “commodities.” This ruling came as part of the dismissal of a proposed class action lawsuit against Uniswap, a leading decentralized crypto exchange. The case, which was filed in April 2022 by a group of investors, alleged that Uniswap violated U.S. securities laws by failing to register as an exchange or broker-dealer and facilitating the trading of “scam tokens.”

Judge Katherine Polk Failla of the Southern District of New York presided over the case, and her ruling carries significant implications for the crypto industry and how Ethereum is perceived in legal terms.

The Lawsuit and Its Dismissal
The investors’ lawsuit primarily targeted Uniswap and its creator, Hayden Adams, for allegedly allowing the trading of fraudulent tokens on their platform. Tokens like EthereumMax (EMAX), Bezoge (BEZOGE), and Alphawolf Finance (AWF) were among those cited in the suit.

However, in a surprising turn of events, Judge Polk Failla ruled that the actual defendants in the case were the issuers of these “scam tokens” and not Uniswap itself. This decision hinged on the decentralized nature of the Uniswap Protocol, which made it impossible to identify or hold accountable the creators of these tokens.

Judge Polk Failla’s Classification of ETH as a Commodity
The most striking aspect of this ruling was Judge Polk Failla’s classification of Ethereum (ETH) as a “commodity.” This classification directly contrasts with the stance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has refrained from officially designating ETH as a security.

By classifying ETH as a commodity, the court has set a precedent that could influence future litigation involving decentralized protocols and potential violations of U.S. securities laws. This decision underscores the evolving legal landscape surrounding cryptocurrencies and their regulatory status.

The Court’s Rationale
Judge Polk Failla’s opinion emphasized the unique challenges posed by the Uniswap case. Given the decentralized and pseudonymous nature of crypto transactions, identifying those responsible for the “scam tokens” proved impossible. The court concluded that Uniswap could not be held liable for facilitating these trades, likening the situation to holding a payment application like Venmo or Zelle responsible for illegal transactions conducted on their platforms.

Furthermore, the court pointed out the absence of comprehensive cryptocurrency regulations and suggested that such concerns should be addressed by Congress rather than the judiciary.

Implications for the Crypto Industry
This ruling marks a significant milestone in the evolving legal framework for cryptocurrencies in the United States. The classification of ETH as a commodity brings clarity to its regulatory status and may open doors for further cryptocurrency adoption in various financial sectors. However, it also highlights the challenges of holding decentralized platforms accountable for illicit activities conducted by anonymous actors.

As the crypto industry continues to mature, legal precedents like this one will play a crucial role in shaping the regulatory landscape and providing guidance to both industry participants and investors. This decision underscores the need for clear and comprehensive cryptocurrency regulations in the future.


Yes good surprise to see that DEX’s can’t be held accountable for scam tokens that list on it. Otherwise nobody would open a DEX anymore. You can make a long and tough due diligence, it’s impossible to know what’s gonna happen next week or next month. Some people genuinely build a project and because the lack of support from the community see their motivation fade away. That was not really predictable cause the team was initially motivated and caring a bright idea. The circumstances pushed them to stop building and let the investors behind. I don’t say it’s a good behaviour. If you have a good idea and keep working hard, at some point the community will notice it and you will get the success you deserve. But not everybody is able to handle the stress, the lack of support,…


You raise a valid point regarding the challenges DEXs face in holding scam tokens accountable due to decentralization. Crypto’s dynamic nature makes predicting outcomes tough even with thorough due diligence. Genuine projects may falter due to lack of community support or unexpected obstacles, affecting the team’s motivation. While hard work and a good idea are key to success, not everyone can endure the stress. Encouraging a supportive community can make a difference, providing the motivation and resources needed for resilience and success in the crypto space.


Today they say lets call it security, tomorrow they say why don’t we name it commodity.

Did the judge explain the factors she considered before declaring ETH as a commodity??


Building a project is easy, holding it together is the issue.

To make matters worse during bear market you will easily give up if everyone starts dumping gradually

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The SEC is an American body and Ethereum utilize cloud computing services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enhance their performance and scalability. The world’s renowned retail platform owned by an American Jeff Bezos, are you connecting the dots here bro? I may also just be speculating at the end of the day.
Notwithstanding, though details of how the judge came to that conclusion wasn’t explicitly detailed, court decisions like these are typically influenced by legal precedents, the platform’s operational structure, its usage, and how it aligns with existing legal frameworks, among other considerations.

I thought a commodity was a raw material used for the production of finished goods.

Is ETH a raw material and what finished goods was it use to produce.??

But its all good.


If you know that what you’re building is meant to succeed, you won’t give up. It’s just a matter a time.


This is one of the funniest replies I’ve gotten so far in this forum, totally made my weekend awesome :rofl:

ETH being classified as a commodity doesn’t align with the traditional raw material definition. It’s viewed as a digital asset, not a raw material for goods production. In regulatory terms, a commodity refers to a tradable asset, and ETH fits this classification due to its value and tradability within the blockchain ecosystem.


They will just find ways and means to justify everything. USA and their ambiguous lifestyle

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Yh time is the judge of everything man put his heart to do.

Just believe in what u r building. Afterall when the idea was conceived, it wasn’t conceived with the whole world.

They’re really drinking on their own tears knowing they can’t control/regulate BTC, Satoshi Nakamoto really outdid everyone with BTC.

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Let the code bear the consequences of others’ deception. In other words, let the programmer bear the consequences of others using his public code to do bad things. Such a precedent violates the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.


I’ve to read up on U.N Human Rights Declaration Act.

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