Nvidia Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Its Statements on Crypto Mining Influence Its Business

The California-based developer of high-end GPUs Nvidia has recently been hit with a class action lawsuit over its statements on the influencing cryptocurrency mining had on its business this year.

Schall Law, a US-based shareholder rights litigation firm, has announced the filing of the class action lawsuit, as according to them Nvidia violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The firm is currently asking investors who lost over $100,000 after investing in Nvidia’s stock between August 10, 2017 and November 15 of this year, to contact them before February 19 of next year.

Per the complaint, Nvidia “made false and misleading statements to the market.” The document explains:

NVIDIA touted its ability to monitor the cryptocurrency market and make rapid changes to its business as necessary. The Company claimed to be “masters at managing our channel, and we understand the channel very well.” NVIDIA also claimed to the market that any drop off in demand for its GPUs amongst cryptocurrency miners would not negatively impact the Company’s business because of strong demand for GPUs from the gaming market.

Taking this into account, it adds, Nvidia’s statements “were false and materially misleading throughout the class period.” When the market “learned the truth,” it concludes, investors suffered losses.

As CryptoGlobe covered, Nvidia’s stock has been plummeting this year over a significant decline in demand for GPUs from cryptocurrency miners. The decline in demand led to a significantly lower amount of sales, which saw Nvidia miss its Q3 $3.24 billion revenue expectation, as it stayed at $3.18 billion.

Reacting to Nvidia’s results, investors sold the stock, which saw its price plummet. At press time, according to Yahoo Finance data, they’re at $133.6, after falling from a $286 high.

Nvidia's price performance YTD

The decline in cryptocurrency miner-related GPU demand can be attributed to the cryptocurrency ecosystem’s year-long bear market, which has seen the price of most top cryptocurrencies drop between 80% and 90%. This has made it unprofitable for some miners, which subsequently saw the hashrate of various cryptos plummet, including that of bitcoin.

The crypto market’s decline has also affected Nvidia’s competition. As covered, AMD has revealed in July it was expecting “near zero” revenue from GPU sales to cryptocurrency miners.

Litecoin’s Mining Difficulty Is Down 28% Since Its Block Halving

Michael LaVere
  • Litecoin's mining difficulty has dropped 28 percent since the halving in Aug. 5
  • Miner profitability has taken a hit following the cut in block reward. 

Recent network data shows that mining hashrate on Litecoin’s network dropped 28% since the block reward halving occurred on Aug. 5, as miners forego the decreased profitability from obtaining LTC.

Litecoin Difficulty Declining

Data form mining pool BTC.com shows that Litecoin's mining difficulty was of 15.93 million on Aug. 4, one day before the halving, and has gradually fallen to 11.40 million as of Aug. 22. The hashing power for Litecoin’s network has dropped 28%. 

Hash rate and mining difficulty give an indication of the amount of computing resources being contributed to a cryptocurrency’s network, which includes securing transactions on the blockchain. It also provides a snapshot of the competition involved for miners hoping to obtain a block reward. 

However, following the Aug. 5 halving, Litecoin miners only receive 12.5 LTC, compared to the 25 LTC block reward they were previously receiving. In addition, the price of Litecoin has been on the decline since the beginning of August, slipping from $93 at the halving to its current price of $74. 

Most analysts predicted there would be market turmoil for the cryptocurrency in the aftermath of the halving. While the cryptocurrency has a reduced supply in the form of regular block rewards, the uncertainty surrounding mining and profitability has caused the price to take a hit. 

Charlie Lee, Litecoin's founder, said in the build-up to the halving that it would be a shock for miners,

When the mining rewards get cut in half, some miners will not be profitable and they will shut off their machine.

However, Lee predicted that the readjustment in mining difficulty would largely smooth things out for the cryptocurrency.