Judge in Ripple case grants SEC request to file interlocutory appeal

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  • A New York district court judge granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s request to file a motion for leave to file an interlocutory appeal in an ongoing dispute with Ripple Labs, according to a document filed in court on Thursday.

A New York district court judge granted the Securities and Exchange Commission's request to file a motion for leave to file an interlocutory appeal in an ongoing dispute with Ripple Labs, according to a document filed in court on Thursday.

The SEC can file its motion by Aug. 18, said Judge Analisa Torres, and Ripple has until Sept. 1 to file their opposition papers, according to the filing. The SEC said last week that it planned to request an interlocutory appeal.

Ripple argued yesterday that it opposed the SEC’s move and said that there is “no extraordinary circumstance here that would justify departing from the rule requiring all issues as to all parties to be resolved before an appeal.”

The SEC would still need permission from the Second Circuit, which would then look into the interlocutory appeal. 

Ripple's fight with the SEC

Ripple has been embroiled in a legal fight with the SEC since 2020, when the agency accused Ripple of raising $1.3 billion in 2020 through the sale of XRP, which it says is an unregistered security.

Torres ruled last month that some of Ripple’s sales, called programmatic, of XRP did not violate securities laws because of a blind bid process in place for them. She also ruled that other direct sales of the token to institutional investors were securities, leaving a partial win for the SEC.

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