The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s request for a 60-day extension of the discovery deadline in the Ripple case has been granted by Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn.
The deadline to conduct fast discovery will now be prolonged to Aug. 31. Expert discovery will last until Oct. 15.
As reported by U.Today, the SEC asked the judge for the extension earlier this month in order to address the remaining discovery issues in a “fair and efficient” way.
The request was vehemently opposed by Ripple, which claimed that delaying the litigation process would pose “an existential threat" to its business in the U.S. Particularly, the company mentioned that On-Demand Liquidity, its cross-border payment product, couldn’t work efficiently in the U.S. because of exchanges desilting XRP or suspending trading:
Crucially, for ODL to work efficiently, there must be a liquid market for XRP in both the sending and receiving countries. But the pendency of this lawsuit has significantly hurt the markets for XRP in the United States and abroad.
Ripple also argued that the SEC couldn’t show good cause for justifying the discovery extension.
Ripple can get documents from overseas exchanges
In addition, the court has granted the defendants’ motions on international discovery.
Ripple is seeking documents from a slew of international exchanges, including Bitstamp and OKEx, to prove that their allegedly illegal sales took place outside the U.S:
The SEC’s failure to allege domestic offers and sales should be fatal to its claims.