ENF founder claims Block.one ICO damages exceed $22M

ENF founder claims Block.one ICO damages exceed $22M

The Blockchain Industry: Insights from the Block.one Lawsuit

The blockchain industry has been thrown into the spotlight once again due to legal action against Block.one (B1), the creator and original seller of Eos (EOS) cryptocurrency. The latest developments in the ongoing lawsuit could potentially result in higher compensation for plaintiffs, shedding light on the accountability and challenges associated with the industry.

Background and Broken Promises

Block.one faced criticism for failing to follow through on its commitment to invest $1 billion, following its record-breaking $4.1 billion raise in 2018. This failure to fulfill promises caused significant issues for the EOS community and prompted Yves La Rose, Founder and CEO of the EOS Network Foundation (ENF), to take legal action. ENF itself is pursuing a lawsuit against Block.one.

Many investors had already participated in another lawsuit against Block.one, which may require them to opt-out of their current legal proceedings if they are unsatisfied with the current settlement offer. Opting out of the existing class action can potentially lead to a higher payout, although it also poses the risk of receiving nothing at all. Ultimately, this decision should be made after careful consideration and consultation with legal counsel.

The Insufficient Settlement and Widening the Pool

The amount offered as settlement in the ongoing class action may not adequately compensate those affected by Block.one’s actions. The proposed settlement of $22 million is deemed “pathetic” by La Rose, considering the damages caused by Block.one’s $4 billion raise. Consequently, ENF’s contemplated legal action seeks to widen the pool of potential participants in search of fair reparations.

EOS ICO and Price Fluctuations

Block.one’s EOS initial coin offering (ICO) set a record as one of the largest crowdfunding raises in history, amassing $4.1 billion by June 2018. This ICO surpassed Telegram’s $1.7 billion ICO, demonstrating the industry’s potential for massive fundraising.

However, after the year-long crowdsale, the price of EOS experienced significant fluctuations. It reached its peak price in April 2018 but subsequently declined. At present, EOS is trading at $0.74, representing a roughly 30% drop over the past year.

Despite this decline, EOS remains one of the largest cryptocurrencies in terms of market capitalization, standing at $827 million at the time of writing. It currently ranks as the 54th largest coin by market value, according to CoinGecko.

In 2019, Block.one agreed to pay a $24 million civil fine to settle charges brought by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. The charges stemmed from Block.one’s unregistered ICO, highlighting the importance of regulatory compliance within the blockchain industry.

Following this, disgruntled investors initiated a class action lawsuit against Block.one. The lawsuit claimed that the company provided misleading information to token holders regarding its financial history, operations, budget, executive compensation, risk factors, material trends, and more. These legal issues raise questions about transparency and trust within the blockchain ecosystem.

The legal action against Block.one serves as a reminder that the blockchain industry is not without its challenges. While it has shown immense promise in revolutionizing various sectors, it also requires responsible governance and adherence to commitments.


The ongoing lawsuit against Block.one by the EOS Network Foundation shines a light on the importance of honoring commitments and the potential consequences of broken promises within the blockchain industry. It showcases the need for transparency, accountability, and regulatory compliance to maintain investor trust and drive the industry’s long-term growth.

As the case unfolds, it is imperative for stakeholders in the blockchain industry to closely monitor the outcomes and learn from the lessons provided. A proactive and responsible approach is key to building a sustainable and thriving blockchain ecosystem.