BlockFi opens crypto withdrawals for eligible US users following court order

BlockFi opens crypto withdrawals for eligible US users following court order

Many customers at defunct crypto lending firm BlockFi have reported being able to withdraw funds for the first time in months following an order from a United States bankruptcy court.

In an Aug. 17 update on X, BlockFi said it had opened withdrawals for wallets of eligible users in the U.S. in accordance with a bankruptcy court order. The lending firm said the withdrawals did not extend to many wallets controlled by international users, but legal proceedings were ongoing.

“As authorized by the Court in the Wallet Order, eligible clients at this time include U.S.-based BlockFi Wallet account holders who […] did not withdraw or transfer more than $7,575 worth of digital assets from their BlockFi Interest Account (BIA) or BlockFi Private Client (BPC) on or after November 2, 2022 [and] did not hold any trade-only assets in their Wallet at the time of Platform Pause on November 10, 2022, at 8:15 P.M. E.T.,” said BlockFi in its notice to users.

BlockFi was one of many firms that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States in 2022, including FTX, Celsius Network, and Voyager Digital. The lending platform halted client withdrawals in November 2022, but filed motions that December to return user funds.

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A court order filed on Aug. 16 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey gave BlockFi the legal authorization to open withdrawals for the first time in nine months. Many X users have already reported being able to access their funds, but some based outside the U.S. said they still were not eligible.

BlockFi reported on Aug. 2 that the bankruptcy court had conditionally approved its restructuring plan, adding it planned to prioritize recovering funds from firms including Alameda Research, FTX, Three Arrows Capital, Emergent and Core Scientific. The lending firm also faces a $30-million fine from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which the regulator said in June it would postpone collecting until BlockFi’s users were repaid.

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