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Ripple’s Attorneys Counter as SEC Requests to Seal Daubert Motions From Public View


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Representatives of Ripple Inc. have initiated a counter move as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) attempts to hide critical information and identities in the upcoming Daubert motions event between both parties. Ripple stated that the regulatory body is abusing the Protective Order in an attempt to prevent criticisms of its experts from reaching the public.

SEC Requests to Conceal Daubert Motions from Public View

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission or  SEC is currently battling with Ripple Inc. in court. The regulatory body claims that the blockchain company sold an unregistered security.

As part of the lawsuit's demands, both parties are scheduled to file their Daubert motions on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. The idea behind Daubert motions is to question the reliability and admissibility of an expert's reports and testimonies.  

Given the upcoming Daubert motions event, the SEC requested the presiding Judge to seal information identifying one of its experts as well as conceal the substance of his testimony from the public. As revealed in a letter, Ripple's representatives and other attorneys like Jeremy Hogan see this move by the SEC as shocking and unacceptable. 

In response to this egregious and pending request by the SEC, representatives of Ripple Inc. have submitted an opposing letter to Judge Torres. Per the letter, Ripple's counsels write to seek an expedited briefing schedule on the extreme position taken by the US. Securities and Exchange Commission that the names of its experts and any substantive criticism of their reports should be kept from public view.

"The SEC's attempt to shield the identities and opinions of its experts from any public scrutiny is both unprecedented and unsupported by any evidence of need. It is antithetical to the right of the public to have access to substantive materials that will be critical to this Court's upcoming rulings on the parties' Daubert motions," a part of the letter said. 

Meanwhile, attorneys representing Ripple Inc. have been forced to file four of their five Daubert motions and exhibits under seal, pending the court ruling on the SEC's request to conceal information. 

As revealed in the letter, this resolution comes five days after Ripple's representatives' search for a loophole that would allow at least some of the SEC's Daubert motions to be filed publicly on July 12 proved futile.


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