Judge William Orrick in the US District Court for the Northern District of California will hold a hearing next month to reconsider his decision to allow the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to serve Ooki DAO, a “decentralized autonomous organization,” and its members with notice of the lawsuit by posting a copy of the complaint in an online help box and chat forum.
Ooki DAO—which, like other DAOs, allows its cryptocurrency members to make collective decisions—has no central, identifiable management. It also has no headquarters or mailing address, posing serious hurdles to serving the lawsuit, the CFTC says.
Posting the complaint in a chatbox falls short of the Constitution’s requirement that a person be notified of a case against them, crypto advocates say.
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