The USA District Court docket of the Southern District of New York has fastened Feb. 22, 2021 because the date for the pretrial of the lawsuit filed by the Securities and Alternate Fee towards Ripple Labs and its principal actors.
Based on a court docket doc filed on Tuesday, counsel representing all events on the matter will maintain a phone pretrial convention. As a part of preparations for the preliminary listening to, the events within the case will submit a joint letter per week earlier than the pretrial date addressing:
“(1) a quick description of the case, together with the factual and authorized foundation for the declare(s) and protection(s), (2) any contemplated motions and (3) the prospect for settlement.”
Earlier in December, the SEC filed a lawsuit towards Ripple, accusing the blockchain agency of promoting XRP tokens in violation of securities legislation. The authorized standing of XRP as a commodity or a safety has lengthy been the topic of debate inside and outdoors the crypto house.
A number of cryptocurrency exchanges have reacted to the lawsuit by both suspending XRP buying and selling or delisting the token from their platforms altogether. Funding companies like Bitwise Asset Administration have additionally liquidated their XRP holdings within the wake of the SEC enforcement motion.
As beforehand reported by Cointelegraph, Ripple companion MoneyGram distanced itself from the corporate, asserting that it doesn’t make the most of RippleNet. The XRP worth has additionally declined considerably, down over 65% in December.
In a press release issued earlier within the week, Ripple accused the SEC of harming XRP token holders. Ripple additionally declared its intention to reply to the Fee’s claims towards the corporate.