A judge overseeing bankruptcy proceedings for crypto lending firm Celsius Network has denied motions from three users with different claims on assets stuck since July.
In orders filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York on Jan. 25, Judge Martin Glenn denied a motion from Rebecca Gallagher, a Celsius claimant who argued her interest-bearing “Earn” assets on the platform were “her property and not property of the bankruptcy estates” under the control of the debtors. The judge denied similar motions from Celsius account holders Mark Benzaken and Kulpreet Khanuja.
Judge Glenn said the court took the allegations against Mashinsky “seriously” but denied all three motions. In Khanuja’s case, he said:
“Any claim that Celsius breached its contract with Khanuja would not affect the ownership of cryptocurrency deposited in Khanuja’s account. As the Earn Opinion explains, the cryptocurrency deposited in Earn Accounts became property of Celsius [...] the cryptocurrency in Khanuja’s Earn Accounts was and remains property of the estate.”
Celsius reported liquidity issues in June 2022 and blocked user withdrawals, citing “extreme market conditions.” The company later filed for bankruptcy in July. U.S. authorities have filed suit against Mashinsky for his role in the platform’s downfall for allegedly giving “false and misleading statements” to investors and hiding the firm’s “dire financial condition”.