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Ripple vs SEC: Parties File Joint Sealing Proposal

Last Updated March 20, 2024 4:50 PM
Shraddha Sharma
Last Updated March 20, 2024 4:50 PM
By Shraddha Sharma
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Key Takeaways

  • Ripple and the SEC have submitted a joint sealing proposal to address confidentiality in legal filings.
  • The proposal outlines a timeline and process for sealing motions.
  • What does the new filing mean for the SEC-Ripple legal battle?

Ripple Labs and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have put a joint proposal to a court, aiming to manage the sealing of documents related to their ongoing legal battle. The proposal highlights the balance between legal confidentiality and public access to court proceedings in cases with market implications.

However, what does the joint sealing proposal means for the case?

Parties File Joint Sealing Proposal

The proposal, addressed to Judge Analisa Torres of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, outlines a detailed plan for handling confidentiality. It covers documents associated with the case’s upcoming remedies-related briefings.

The document states: “The proposal will ensure prompt, public access to the Parties’ briefs,”

The SEC and Ripple have said that they want to ensure public access to the briefs, with any omissions expected to be limited to ensure transparency.

Understanding the Timeline

The joint proposal  also puts a schedule for the filing and potential sealing of documents. It starts on March 22, 2024, with the SEC’s initial filing of its remedies-related brief and supporting materials under seal. It will, possibly, allow the parties to review and agree on any necessary redactions before making a public version available.

Subsequent dates involve collaborative efforts between the parties reducing the potential for disputes over confidentiality.

On March 25, the SEC and Ripple will discuss what parts of their legal documents might need to be hidden from the public. By March 26, the SEC will release a version of its legal argument with some parts potentially omitted, based on these discussions. This process is part of a larger timeline that the court sets. The SEC will first presents its argument on March 22, Ripple will respond by April 22, and then the SEC will reply to Ripple’s response by May 6.

Ripple will follow a similar process for its response, potentially hiding some parts if they contain sensitive information, with a public version coming out by April 24. This cycle of discussing, potentially omitting, and then revealing parts of the legal documents will continue throughout May. It will end with both parties presenting their final arguments about what should remain confidential by May 20. The proposal aims to keep most of the legal battle accessible to the public. It also notes that they want to respect the desire for openness.

The proposal said: “Under the joint proposal, the Parties would further be required to file public, redacted versions of all documents within 14 days of the Court’s rulings on the omnibus sealing motions.”

Implications for Ripple-SEC Lawsuit

Ripple and the SEC’s join sealing proposal is an attempt at legal confidentiality in a highly publicized case. By outlining a clear process and timeline, the parties also aim to uphold transparency while keeping market integrity for XRP.

However, before the briefing on March 22, Judge Torres must give her approval to the proposed plan. It might also result in keeping important details hidden from the broader community, including XRP investors.

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