- The plaintiff claims that this data contains confidential financial details collected by the SEC.
- This motion to compel data discovery would prove that SEC e permitted employees to trade in crypto.
In the latest development in the XRP lawsuit, the SEC file an opposition against Ripple’s Letter Motion to Compel SEC employees’ pre-clearance XRP trading data. The Ripple’s motion to compel data discovery would prove that SEC employees were permitted to trade in crypto, including XRP and other digital assets. However, the SEC in the opposition letter argues otherwise.
The SEC has appealed the court to deny the defendant’s motion to compel discovery in its pre-clearance XRP trading dispute. The plaintiff claims that this data contains confidential financial details collected by the SEC’s Office of Ethics Counsel.
The office collected the data to ensure the employees’ compliance with the commission’s ethical norms. The plaintiff defends that the data has nothing to do with determining if the transactions are obeying SEC’s securities laws.
Furthermore, the SEC argued that Ripple’s request has a “low bar of relevance” and is an “unjustified intrusion” into SEC’s employees’ sensitive financials.
The commission reveals that the preclearance guideline specifically states that by, “clearing a request to enter into a financial transaction, it makes no determination as to whether the transaction complies with the securities laws. That express statement by the Ethics Counsel renders irrelevant the pre-clearance information Defendants seek.”
The plaintiff has highlighted Ethics Counsels’ “Prohibited Holdings” list and “Watch List”. The list confirms the compliance with the ethical laws of the institution. Hence it bans the SEC employees from owning entities that fall under it. However, according to the data provided by the SEC, neither of these lists had XRP on them until April 13, 2018.
The plaintiff confirms that “this list never included Bitcoin, Ether, or XRP, which are alleged to be those entities.”
Additionally, the Watch List includes entities that could potentially be within the supplemental ethics guidelines, which are further put in the pre-investigation category. However, they added XRP to this list after April 13.