EOS Foundation Seeks $4.1B in Damages From Block.one

Key Takeaways

  • The EOS Foundation is seeking $4.1 billion in damages from Block.one over the company’s handling of the 2017 EOS initial coin offering.
  • EOS block producers had previously voted to halt token distributions to Block.one after failing to reach a compromise with the firm.
  • The EOS Foundation has retained a leading Canadian law firm to investigate Block.one’s past actions and take the company to court.

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The EOS Foundation is planning to pursue legal recourse against EOS backer Block.one. The foundation is seeking $4.1 billion in damages for “negligence and fraud” on the part of Block.one following the EOS initial coin offering in late 2017. 

EOS Foundation to Take Block.one to Court

The EOS community is seeking legal recourse against Block.one. 

EOS Foundation CEO Yves La Rose announced Thursday that the organization wants to take Block.one to court over its handling of the EOS initial coin offering in 2017. In a tweet revealing the foundation’s intentions, Rose stated that he shared the frustrations of the EOS community and that legal recourse to seek $4.1 billion in damages is underway.

Block.one is the company that helped EOS conduct its 2017 ICO, raising over $4 billion through public sales of the EOS token. However, many in the EOS community believe that Block.one is responsible for the EOS token’s lacklustre performance over the past five years (EOS peaked at $22.71 in April 2018 and has struggled to maintain momentum since; it’s now 88% down from its high). “Block.one knowingly misrepresented their capabilities, and this amounts to negligence and fraud,” said Rose during a speech to foundation members in November. 

In December, EOS block producers voted to stop issuing vested EOS tokens to Block.one, depriving the firm of a future 67 million EOS tokens scheduled to be unlocked over the next six to seven years. In a blog post released in tandem with the decision to take legal action against Block.one, the EOS Foundation stated: 

“In November and December 2021, we engaged in negotiations with Block.one to attempt to arrange a fair and reasonable resolution… Unfortunately, Block.one decided to walk away from the negotiations, and as a result, the EOS Block Producers determined it was in the best interest of the community to freeze the vesting of all the EOS tokens that Block.one was to earn in the future.”

However, for many in the EOS community, freezing Block.one’s tokens is insufficient. The EOS Foundation stated today that it had retained a leading Canadian law firm to investigate Block.one’s past actions and take the company to court. “The EOS Foundation promises vis-à-vis the EOS community and EOS investors to determine what legal avenues are available to seek redress,” the foundation explained. 

It is still too soon to judge how successful the EOS Foundation will be in taking legal action against Block.one. However, the move will help further reduce Block.one’s influence over EOS, something the EOS community will likely welcome. 

Disclosure: At the time of writing this feature, the author owned ETH and several other cryptocurrencies. 

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EOS Community Revolts Against Brock Pierce’s Block.One, Won’t Pay 67M EOS

EOS and Block.One are back on the news. Is this one positive or negative, though? The EOS Network Foundation, a community-led organization, voted to decouple from Block.One. The ENF alleges that Block.One is no longer working for the benefit of the network. The company that created EOS will not get the 67M EOS that they had coming distributed over the next seven years. Even though the infamous Brock Pierce resigned from the company years ago, this will also affect his finances.

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In The Present, What Does Brock Pierce Have To Do With Block.One?

This might’ve been the last straw. Just last month, Block.one announced that they were selling 45M EOS at a discount to one of Brock Pierce’s ventures.

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“Today we are pleased to announce that we have agreed to transfer 45 million EOS tokens to Helios.

Led by Brock Pierce, Helios takes aim at serving the EOS community through several high ambitions, including creating an EOS Venture Capital fund, facilitating the creation of institutional-grade EOS financial products, supporting the creation of infrastructure, tooling and documentation for developers, and organizing community events around education, networking, and use case development.”

A pseudonymous Twitter user that broke the news, analyzed it as follows:

He says that “Block.One went in to a deal to sell their vested EOS tokens for a discount to their previous associate Brock Pierce!” And that, to stop this behavior, “The EOS community worked as one big DAO. An excellent example of democracy through voting and DpoS.” Even though the ENF is not a DAO, this might be a good example of how Decentralized Autonomous Organizations should work. However, should a decentralized protocol be so easy to control? Should the EOS Network Foundation be able to roll back a smart contract just like that?

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In any case, according to The Block, the company is not yet in control of the 45M EOS they promised Brock Pierce. “Eight million of the tokens were already vested and controlled by Block.one while 37 million are still vesting (meaning they haven’t been released by the network yet).” Is this transaction what the EOS Network Foundation wants to block? 

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What Did The EOS Network Foundation Want?

The ENF was negotiating with Block.One. According to The Block, their goal was to “get hold of the EOS network’s intellectual property.” However, one of Block.One’s side projects, an exchange called Bullish, owned the IP. And Block.One “wouldn’t publicly commit to getting the intellectual property back.” What did the company do instead? They announced this:

“In addition to the recently announced Helios transaction, today we are pleased to announce our intentions to offer the following grants of vesting tokens that are intended to be given over time, and subject to our token availability:

  • EOS Network Foundation – 30m EOS

  • Pomelo – 1m EOS

  • EdenOS – 1m EOS”

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How did the EOS Network Foundation react? They wanted the IP, not tokens. So, they created this proposal, which was approved. The ENF director, Yves La Rose, took to Twitter to declare victory.

“Through a super majority consensus, the EOS network has taken its future in its own hands. This begins a new era for EOS and highlights the power of the blockchain to enable a community to stand up against corporate interests that don’t align with theirs.”

The community spoke. They will roll back and block the 67M EOS that Block.One had coming. How does that put them regarding the EOS network’s intellectual property? Do they have any chance of getting that IP now?

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EOS community ramps up battle for organization control against former developer Block.one

Members of the EOS ecosystem, a blockchain designed to power decentralized applications, or DApps, are voicing their dissatisfaction with former developer Block.one. As a result, they have formed their own organization and elected new leadership in an effort to revamp the network.

As accessed by Cointelegraph, Yves La Rose, the “community-elected CEO” of the novel EOS Foundation, gave the following prepared statement during a virtual conference:

“There’s no sugar-coating it, EOS, as it stands, is a failure. The last three years or so have been nothing but dwindling in terms of market cap and in terms of token value. When we look at EOS compared to the rest of other cryptos, especially in satoshi levels, EOS has been a terrible investment. It’s been a terrible financial, time and community investment. The reality is that many people no longer want to be associated with EOS because of its tarnished reputation. EOS, as it stands, is a failure.”

Block.one is a company registered in the Cayman Islands and was the original developer of the EOS network. In 2018, the company sold 900 million EOS tokens for proceeds of over $4 billion in an initial coin offering (ICO), the largest in the world at the time, despite not having a functional product. The year after, Block.one settled with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for $24 million over allegations of unregistered sale of securities during its ICO. The token sale also faces allegations of market manipulation.

La Rose had the following to say regards to Block.one:

“Another thing to note, in terms of the roadmap is that we can no longer rely on Block.one to support and guide EOSIO development. They have lost all key developers and have pivoted away from being a blockchain development company towards being an asset management company.”

Despite the negative outlook, development activity on the EOS blockchain has seemingly held steady. According to block explorer bloks.io, the most prominent DApp on the EOS network is decentralized exchange Alcor, with a 24-hour trading volume of $44.6 million. Second-in-line is AtomicMarket, a non-fungible tokens marketplace with $3.81 million transactions in the past 24 hours.

La Rose concluded the panel with the following comment:

“Today is the genesis of what EOS has the capacity to become. There are no more excuses, there are no more roadblocks. We have everything we need. What becomes of EOS next is simply what we make of it.”