Cryptocurrency & Blockchain
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Paul, Weiss Team Recognized by The American Lawyer for Latest Ripple Victory
- October 27, 2023
Litigation of counsel Marty Flumenbaum and partners Mike Gertzman and Meredith Dearborn were recognized in The American Lawyer’s “Litigation Daily” column for securing a rare voluntary dismissal with prejudice by the SEC of aiding-and-abetting claims against Ripple co-founder and Executive Chairman Chris Larsen. The complete victory for our client follows an earlier landmark summary judgment win in the closely-watched cryptocurrency case, for which Marty won “Litigator of the Week” recognition.
In July, the Paul, Weiss team, alongside co-counsel, won a first-of-its-kind ruling that Ripple’s native digital token XRP is not a security. The SEC had alleged that Ripple, Larsen and Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse had altogether conducted over $2.6 billion in unregistered securities transactions through sales of XRP, further alleging that the two executives aided and abetted Ripple’s sales in violation of U.S. securities laws. The aiding-and-abetting charges represented the first time that the SEC lodged such claims against individuals in a cryptocurrency enforcement action not alleging fraud or misappropriation.