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There is a growing appetite among crypto companies to avail themselves of the legal system to fight for what they believe. This week, Custodia Bank (formerly Avanti), run by Caitlin Long, filed suit against the Federal Reserve for failing to process the bank’s master account application. Grayscale, meanwhile, has hired President Obama’s former Solicitor General, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., to have legal resources to mount a challenge depending on the results of their application to convert the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into an exchange-traded fund.

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CORRECTION (June 14, 2022 18:40): Grayscale hired former Obama administration Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., not Neal Katyal, who was an acting Solicitor General during the same administration.