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Unfair Game: How Ripple’s Lawsuit Exposes SEC’s Biased Treatment of XRP

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  • Revelations Emerge: Pro-XRP lawyer, John Deaton, uncovers potential biases within the SEC against Ripple Labs and XRP.
  • Hiring Choices: Decisions by leading crypto figures to hire specific law firms may have swayed SEC’s approach towards Ethereum and Ripple.

Interwoven Ties: SEC Executives and Their Cryptocurrency Allegiances

The lawsuit against Ripple Labs, initiated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in December 2020, has been a topic of significant debate. Recent revelations by John Deaton, an attorney championing the XRP cause, aim to shed light on potential biases within the SEC’s top brass.

Peculiar Alignments: Hiring Decisions and Their Implications

Deaton, using his official platform, dissected the connections between former SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, William Hinman (another SEC key player), and Joseph Lubin, co-founder of Ethereum and ConsenSys. One focal point in this web of relations was Lubin’s strategic choice to employ the services of Sullivan & Cromwell, Jay Clayton’s law firm. This decision, as per Deaton, could have influenced Clayton to abstain from pursuing enforcement actions against Ethereum.

While Clayton’s involvement raises eyebrows, Deaton further pointed out another intricate relationship. William Hinman’s association with the law firm Simpson Thacher is under the lens, primarily because of its ties with a Chinese affiliate deeply involved in the Canaan IPO. The significance? Canaan reaped substantial benefits from mining operations centered around Bitcoin and Ethereum.

In light of these revelations, the overarching narrative posits that Bitcoin and Ethereum received lenient treatment. In stark contrast, Jay Clayton orchestrated a lawsuit against Ripple Labs and XRP, even though they were primary contenders to the aforementioned cryptocurrencies.

Yet, while these unveilings by Deaton craft a compelling story of potential bias, the actual merit of the Ripple lawsuit remains unaltered. The recent key ruling delivered by Judge Analisa Torres, accompanied by a crucial interlocutory appeal by the SEC, underscores this point.

Deaton’s objective, however, extends beyond altering the lawsuit’s trajectory. By exposing these potentially preferential treatments, he arms XRP holders with knowledge, a tool that might become instrumental in upcoming legal battles.

The stakes are high. With Ripple Labs’ legal expenses already surpassing the $200 million mark, the crypto industry watches intently, hoping for a decisive win against the SEC’s allegations.

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