Latest XRP News: Ripple Legal Counsel Submits ‘Notice of Appearance’ in LBRY vs. SEC Lawsuit

Latest XRP News: Ripple Legal Counsel Submits 'Notice of Appearance' in LBRY vs. SEC Lawsuit


Attorney John Deaton Joins LBRY Lawsuit as Amicus Curiae

In 2022, attorney John Deaton, who represents XRP Ripple (XRP) holders in the Ripple-SEC lawsuit, filed a notice to join the LBRY lawsuit as an Amicus Curiae. He likewise submitted a Notice of Appearance on behalf of Amicus Curiae Naomi Brockwell in the LBRY case, expressing a commitment to stay involved regardless of the outcome, stating, “Win, lose, or draw, we will remain in the fight.”

The SEC had accused LBRY in 2022 of violating securities laws by selling their native LBC tokens. LBRY contested these states but in the end lost the case in July 2023. Consequently, LBRY was ordered to pay a reduced penalty of $111,614 and permanently cease any activities involving securities law violations or unregistered cryptocurrency securities offerings. LBRY chose to shut down as a result of this ruling.

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What Exactly Happened?

In 2022, lawyers Bill Gannon and John Deaton requested the court to submit a document on behalf of tech journalist Naomi Brockwell. In her statement, Brockwell outlined her vested interests in the case, citing earnings in the form of LBC digital currency through tips, viewer purchases, and rewards. She likewise made it clear that she had not converted her LBC tokens into cash and retained ownership of them.

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In July 2023, the  United States District Court in New Hampshire announced a final judgment in the SEC vs. LBRY case, finding LBRY guilty of violating the Securities Act of 1933.

The Ripple Labs case faced similar SEC states concerning the sale of $1.3 Billion in XRP Ripple (XRP) tokens. Although while some believed that the LBRY ruling might impact the XRP Ripple (XRP) lawsuit, on July 14, 2023, United States District Judge Analisa Torres ruled in favor of Ripple, determining that XRP Ripple (XRP) token sales to retail buyers did not classify as securities.

Who is an Amicus Curiae?

An “Amicus Curiae,” Latin for “friend of the court,” is an individual or organization that is not a party to a lawsuit but offers insights, expertise, or a brief to help the court in its decision-making process.

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Hot Take: John Deaton Continues to Advocate for Cryptocurrency Holders

Attorney John Deaton’s engagement in the LBRY lawsuit as an Amicus Curiae demonstrates his commitment to fighting for cryptocurrency holders’ rights. Regardless of LBRY’s loss and subsequent shutdown, Deaton remains dedicated to advocating for fairness and justice within the digital currency industry. The ruling in the SEC vs. LBRY case may have set a precedent, but it does not directly impact other ongoing cases such as Ripple Labs’ lawsuit. Nevertheless, Deaton’s active participation showcases his determination to protect the interests of those involved in crypto-related legal battles.

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