Federal judge rules Kik technical adviser to appear in court for witness statement

Magistrate Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Wednesday that Kik's technical adviser, Tanner Philp, must make a witness statement in the company's legal action with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Kik's chief executive, Ted Livingston, had previously been ruled to testify, but lawyers on both sides appeared to agree to have Philp appear in court. According to court documents, Philp has provided testimony in August 2018. The SEC hopes that Kik will provide more testimony, documents and details about its business and the Kin token issuance plan. The SEC alleges that Kik violated federal securities laws during the token sale last year and sued the messaging platform in federal court in June.