Coinbase will present opening brief on August 4 while the SEC has to present the opening brief by October 3.

Coinbase vs. SEC: Judge Sets the Schedule

  • Judge Katherine Polk Failla has set the schedule for the Coinbase vs SEC lawsuit. 
  • The exchange needs to submit an opening brief by August 4 and supporting documents by August 11. 
  • The SEC has asked for 60 days for its brief, but the judge has given only 30 days.
  • The SEC has to present the opening brief by October 3 and supporting documents by October 10. 

The tension between the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and crypto exchanges operating in the country is at an all-time high. Interestingly, the only exchange to go public in the US, Coinbase, is set to present its opening brief in the lawsuit filed by the regulator earlier this year, on August 4. This marks the federal agency’s second major lawsuit after American payments platform Ripple. 

As per a July 24 post on social media platform Twitter, which has rebranded to X, Coinbase Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal, Judge Katherine Polk Failla have set the schedule for briefing on Coinbase’s motion for judgment on the pleadings. The two parties will be able to voice their concerns starting August 4, with the crypto exchange presenting the initial arguments.

The documents shared by Grewal confirm that the initial documents submitted by both parties highlighted that an agreement was concluded for Coinbase’s motion and opening brief to be due on Aug. 4, 2023, along with time frames for various subsequent supporting documents and responses and the respective length of the documents. 

Interestingly, no deadline was reached for the SEC’s opposition brief because the SEC proposed 60 days, while Coinbase proposed 30 days after the opening motion and brief by the crypto exchange. The presiding judge responded with an approval granted “in part,” approving the crypto trading platform’s deadline of Aug. 4 for the initial brief and Aug. 11 for supporting documents.

It is also crucial to note that Judge Failla also settled the disagreement over a date for the SEC’s opposition brief, which is to be due on or before October 3, 2023. The SEC has to submit supporting documents by Oct. 10. On the other hand, the reply to the same from Coinbase’s side needs to come on or before Oct. 24.

Interestingly, this qualifies as a “fast schedule” for a lawsuit of a large proportion in the District Court of the Southern District of New York (SDNY). Moreover, the SEC asked for 60 days to prepare for a response, but the judge only gave 30. An oral argument on the motion will be scheduled for sometime after October 24.

As per an earlier report, crypto firm Ripple partially won the case against the SEC, and CEO Brad Garlinghouse slammed the regulator’s “regulation by enforcement” approach to crypto regulation, adding that it was bad for the industry and hurting crypto retail investors.

Parth Dubey
Parth Dubey Verified Author

A crypto journalist with over 3 years of experience in DeFi, NFT, metaverse, etc. Parth has worked with major media outlets in the crypto and finance world and has gained experience and expertise in crypto culture after surviving bear and bull markets over the years.

Latest News