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SEC v. Ripple – Court orders plaintiff to ‘answer Ripple’s interrogatories’

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Within 24 hours of the court approving the Securities and Exchange Commission’s request to postpone the discovery deadline to January 2022, Judge Sarah Netburn has responded to two pending motions in the SEC v. Ripple Labs lawsuit.

One of the motions was from defendants Ripple Labs and Chris Larsen to compel the SEC to supplement its responses to eleven of its interrogatories and two of Larsen’s. Meanwhile, the other motion from the SEC sought a protective order to relieve it of the obligation to respond to 29,947 separate requests for admission, as per the filing.

Judge Netburn has now granted and denied both motions in part.

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The judge ordered the SEC to answer Ripple’s interrogatories and identify the specific terms of the “investment contract” from XRP sales. The order added,

“Ripple’s interrogatory is relevant (and precise) and will clarify whether the SEC contends that the terms of any contract identified in response to Ripple’s Interrogatory No. 1 created an expectation of profits by the purchaser of XRP.”

“Accordingly, Defendants’ motion regarding Ripple Interrogatory No. 2 is GRANTED, and the SEC must supplement its response to Interrogatory No. 2 to identify any specific contractual terms and not just implicit and explicit promises as previously identified.”

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The SEC must also respond to whether it contends that “efforts by Ripple were necessary to effect any increase in the price of XRP.” The court granted most of the defendants’ motions to compel answers on interrogatories, except one.

This was the motion from Chris Larsen on when XRPL is fully functional. Judge Netburn denied it without prejudice for being “too vague,” with the parties ordered to confer clarity terms.

Meanwhile, the SEC’s motion for protective orders was also partially granted and denied. The judge granted protection on Defendants’ 28,849 RFAs, noting that “it is hard to view this stunt as anything more than theater.” The order added,

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“The motion for a protective order is GRANTED on burden grounds. Having granted the motion to compel a response to Ripple’s Interrogatory No. 2, the protective order is also GRANTED as cumulative and duplicative of another form of admissible evidence.”

As the SEC and Ripple filed their responses, the timeline for the case may extend due to the postponement of the discovery deadline. This deadline was pushed so that the parties could complete the expert depositions and beef up their preparations.

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Ripple’s Latest Crypto Service for Financial Companies to Allow XRP Trading

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Amid the ongoing XRP lawsuit, Ripple took a bold step by launching a crypto product, called the Liquidity Hub, which will allow financial service firms to offer the buying and selling option for cryptocurrencies. According to CNBC, Ripple noted that cryptocurrencies like, the OG Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ethereum Classic, Bitcoin Cash, and the most controversial  XRP will be presented as offerings to enterprises.

Set to launch by 2022, the Liquidity Hub aims to facilitate access to crypto via manifold sources such as, market makers, exchanges, and over-the-counter trading desks, with Coinme, a U.S. based Bitcoin Exchange and ATM operator, as its first client. Furthermore, the Liquidity Hub plans on adding Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to the list of its asset offerings.

“We have a long history of working with financial institutions, crypto exchanges, brokerages and market makers, which our enterprise customers can now directly benefit from…We’re planning to support a variety of assets and have plans to expand to more tokenized assets like NFTs in the future.”, Asheesh Birla, the general manager of RippleNet, a financial messaging service used for cross-border payments, told CNBC.

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Ripple Remains Confident of its Crypto Product, Despite the Lawsuit

Birla defined Liquidity Hub as an “aggregator for various liquidity venues and individual assets, the way that Google Flights is for airlines and flights.” Additionally, another feature provided by the Liquidity Hub will be the facilitation of lines of credit through XRP to prevent its client enterprises from having to pre-fund accounts to use Ripple’s latest crypto service. Nevertheless, it is impossible to turn a blind eye to the historic XRP lawsuit, where Ripple appears to be on the ‘readily agreeing to a settlement’ end. However, Ripple claims that despite the lawsuit, the company’s global traction has not experienced any drop whatsoever.

 “Companies doing this today have to park working capital at an exchange while waiting for funds from weekend activity to be deposited in a bank account…We started offering this as part of ODL and it’s one of our most sought after features…Despite headwinds in the U.S. with the SEC, our traction with customers globally hasn’t slowed down”, said Birla.

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XRP Whales Are Moving $24 Million Worth of Tokens from Exchanges Amid 6% Rally

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XRP whales are continuously moving their funds away from exchanges amid accelerated cryptocurrency market rally

Following the recovery on the cryptocurrency market, XRP whales are joining the global outflows trend and moving their funds away from centralized exchanges like Bithumb and FTX. 

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According to the Whale Alert transaction tracker, two transactions have appeared on the XRP blockchain: the latest transaction was made from the FTX exchange to an unknown wallet and was worth $14 million XRP coins. The first transaction appeared one hour before the FTX withdrawal and was worth $10 million.

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According to data from the tracker, the Bithumb wallet transaction is being made to another wallet labeled with the exchange’s name. It’s most likely tied to the fact that in order to withdraw funds, Bithumb uses multiple hot wallets rather than one large address.

The FTX transaction, on the other hand, is being made to the wallet of a completely different HitBTC exchange. The wallet of the exchange holds 26 million XRP and is most likely being used as another hot wallet for placing orders.

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XRP short-term rally

Both transactions have been made during the short-term rally present on the XRP trading pairs. Currently, Ripple is trading in a short uptrend and remains at 6% growth since the last week.

Ripple was one of the victims of the global cryptocurrency market correction that led to the retrace of all the major cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and the larger altcoins. After a recovery on most of the traditional markets, the cryptocurrency market followed with an average 10% recovery.

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XRP price on edge of cliff as Ripple faces imminent collapse

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  • XRP price falls below key Ichimoku levels on the weekly chart.
  • Key oscillator divergence may hint at near-term support.
  • The threat of a 34% drop, however, remains likely.

XRP price followed the rest of the cryptocurrency market lower over the weekend. The US Thanksgiving holiday gave cryptocurrency traders and investors some early Black Friday deals, but downside risks remain.

XRP price drops below weekly Ichimoku Cloud, threatening flash crash conditions

XRP price completed the most bearish weekly candlestick close within the Ichimoku system since the week of February 28th, 2020, last week.. The candlestick closed below its final Ichimoku support level, the Kijun-Sen ($0.957). XRP now has very little support structure remaining and will now rely on the Chikou Span as its final hope of support.

The saving grace for XRP bulls is where the Chikou Span is positioned. For an Ideal Bearish Ichimoku Breakout entry to occur, the Chikou Span must be below the bodies of the candlesticks and in open space. Open space is a condition where the Chikou Span won’t intercept the body of any candlesticks horizontally over the next five to ten periods. For the open space condition to be accurate, XRP price would need to close at or below $0.59.

Some bullish warning signals are flashing, however, and could trigger some covering by short-sellers. Currently, XRP price has bounced off the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement at $0.84 to return above the Kijun-Sen. Another factor contributing to the bounce is the Chikou Span moving above the body of the candlesticks for the first time since the August 13th weekly candlestick.

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XRP/USDT Weekly Ichimoku Chart

There is an almost imperceptible hidden bullish divergence between the candlestick chart and the Composite Index. Hidden bullish divergence is when an oscillator creates lower lows while the price chart creates higher lows. Only valid if the prior trend was up – hidden bullish divergence is an early indicator that the prior uptrend will continue. Contributing further to some near-term support is the Relative Strength Index holding the oversold levels of 50 and 40 as support.

Bulls ultimately need XRP price to close at or above the $1.18 level to establish a clear and renewed bull market.

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