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Court Finally Grants Ripple to Add Two Attorneys to Its Legal Team in SEC Lawsuit


thecryptobasic.com 08 July 2022 07:37, UTC
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Ripple has been granted permission to add two new attorneys to its legal team. 

Ripple’s motion to add two attorneys to its legal team in the ongoing lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission has finally been granted. Attorney John K. Filan disclosed the development in a statement yesterday.

Shortly after two attorneys from Kellogg Hansen – Kylie Kim and Clayton Masterman –  were denied admission into Ripple’s legal team, the blockchain company moved immediately to file an amended motion for admission to Pro Hac Vice.

Defendants also notarized affidavits of the attorneys in compliance with local rules.

“Amended Motions for Admission Pro Hac Vice have been filed. Affidavits notarized,” attorney Filan noted in a recent statement.

Amended Motions for Admission Pro Hac Vice have been filed. Affidavits notarized.

— James K. Filan 🇺🇸🇮🇪104k+ (beware of imposters) (@FilanLaw) July 6, 2022

The moves made by Ripple prompted the court to grant the motions that would see both attorneys added to the blockchain company’s legal team in the ongoing lawsuit.

“Both Motions to Appear Pro Hac Vice have been granted,” attorney Filan tweeted yesterday.

Both Motions to Appear Pro Hac Vice have been granted.

— James K. Filan 🇺🇸🇮🇪104k+ (beware of imposters) (@FilanLaw) July 7, 2022

Pro Hac Vice Rule

Pro Hac Vice is a legal term used to add attorneys to a case within jurisdictions where the lawyer was not originally admitted to practice. However, attorneys for Pro Hac Vice are added in such a way that he or she will not commit unauthorized practice of law in the new jurisdiction.

Lawyers who practice Pro Hac Vice usually do so via the council of local attorneys.

The Move Could Prolong the Lawsuit

Although the development is considered strategic to increase Ripple’s chances of winning the lawsuit, the onboarding of the two lawyers to the company’s legal team may prolong the proceeding of the case beyond expectations.

Following an analysis provided by attorney Filan in May as reported by TheCryptoBasic, the lawsuit is expected to end on or before March 31, 2023.

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