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Crypto counsel John Deaton challenges SEC’s narrative in court

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Crypto counsel John Deaton challenges SEC’s narrative in court

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  • The pro-Ripple lawyer has been challenged by California plaintiffs in the ongoing Ripple SEC lawsuit.
  • The outcome of the current case could have a major impact on the future of XRP and the cryptocurrency industry as a whole.

In the ongoing Ripple lawsuit, California plaintiffs have challenged John E. Deaton, who filed a motion to allow seven non-parties to file amicus curiae in support of the defendant’s opposition to the lead plaintiff’s motion for class certification.

The plaintiffs argued in their response that Deaton’s proposed brief was procedurally and substantively improper. According to the plaintiffs, the proposed amici, who include Deaton’s family members and employees, have nothing unique or relevant to offer and simply rehash the defendants’ arguments.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs have challenged Deaton’s claim that he is a representative of a putative class of 75,890 XRP holders.

Moreover, they claim that Deaton, a self-proclaimed XRP enthusiast, is hardly a neutral party himself who has publicly stated that he is a Ripple shareholder who purchased shares in the company in November 2020.

The court has been asked to reject the proposed amicus curiae briefs and to rule on whether non-parties should be allowed to file amicus briefs in the lawsuit or not.

When deciding whether to allow a non-party to participate as an amicus curiae or not, the court has broad discretion.

Ripple v. SEC lawsuit still ongoing

Deaton filed an amicus brief in a long-running lawsuit against Ripple filed by an investor, Vladi Zakinov.

Zakinov claims that Ripple sold XRP as an unregistered security. Deaton contends that the court should not certify the class due to disagreements among the XRP holders. Only a small number of XRP holders claim that the token is an unregistered security, Deaton claims.

The pro-Ripple lawyer earlier tweeted that he had no doubt that Ripple would come out victorious in the widely publicized legal battle and that the current Supreme Court would quell the “gross overreach” of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The outcome of the Zakinov v. Ripple case could have a major impact on the future of XRP and the cryptocurrency industry as a whole.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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