James K, one of the lawyers who defended Ripple Labs in court in the legal battle against the US securities regulator, the SEC.
James K. Filan, one of the lawyers who defended Ripple Labs in court in the legal battle against the US securities regulator, the SEC, tweeted that the SEC’s request to extend the discovery period by 2 months was contested.
— James K. Filan (@FilanLaw) June 8, 2021
SEC’s Request Is a Threat to Ripple
As we reported earlier, the SEC requested the federal judge to extend the discovery process in the Ripple case by 60 days. The agency claims it needs more time to get more witness statements about the case. Therefore, the SEC requested an additional 2 months from the judge. Ripple’s lawyers objected to the judge, saying that this was not a good enough reason to change the discovery program.
The SEC’s letter misrepresents Ripple ‘s reasons for opposing the extension of the discovery process. Ripple’s reasons for opposing this extension process can be listed as it thinks it may harm the company and is not a good reason to change its discovery program.
Ripple’s letter to the court states that if an extension is ordered, it will pose an “existential threat” to Ripple’s business in the US .
Witnesses The SEC Asks To Testify
Additional witnesses the SEC has requested to testify include Ron Will, Ripple’s former CFO, and Ethan Beard, former senior vice president of Xpring. In late May, 10 witnesses were present and former Ripple employees were ready to testify on various issues related to the Ripple case.
The reason for the extension requested by the SEC and asking more witnesses to testify is that during the discovery, Ripple thought that more evidence would emerge, including of “illegal” sales of XRP .