A federal judge has ordered the founders of the $4 billion company Yuga Labs to take part in a deposition regarding their trademark infringement lawsuit against conceptual artist Ryder Ripps.

This legal dispute began when Ripps accused Yuga Labs’ Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection of containing latent, intentional racist and pro-Nazi imagery.

In response, Ripps released his own collection of 10,000 NFTs to draw attention to the supposed Nazi connections.

Yuga Labs then filed a lawsuit against Ripps, not for copyright infringement or defamation, with the aim of preventing the case from becoming an argument about the reproducibility of NFTs or a platform for Ripps’ contentious claims.