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Ripple’s XRP Victory Against SEC: A Blow to Regulator’s ‘War on Crypto’

In a groundbreaking decision, Ripple Labs emerged triumphant against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), leaving the regulator’s crypto industry regulations in disarray. However, experts urge caution, questioning whether this ruling is a definitive victory for the industry.

On July 13, U.S. district court Judge Analisa Torres made an unprecedented ruling, declaring that XRP, Ripple’s cryptocurrency, does not qualify as a security when sold to the general public. The verdict sparked excitement among XRP tokenholders, resulting in a substantial surge in the token’s price. Notably, leading industry figures, including representatives from Coinbase and Binance, hailed the decision as a positive turn in their ongoing legal battles.

Luke Martin, founder of crypto investment firm Venture Coinist, perceives this ruling as a resounding blow to the SEC and its Chair, Gary Gensler. He believes it signifies a positive shift for the industry, countering accusations of offering unregistered securities. Nonetheless, digital asset lawyers advise caution, emphasizing that the summary judgment is only partial and lacks the force of a binding precedent. While it may influence future courts, it doesn’t guarantee consistent rulings.

Furthermore, the SEC retains the option to appeal the decision, potentially leading to a higher court overturning Judge Torres’ ruling. Despite these warning signs, experts speculate that the SEC might face considerable challenges if it chooses to pursue an appeal. Recent scrutiny from the Supreme Court towards government agencies could make them more willing to scrutinize the SEC’s actions, suggests Justin Slaughter, Paradigm policy director, and former SEC adviser.

It’s worth noting that Ripple still faces the SEC’s claim that its CEO, Brad Garlinghouse, and co-founder, Chris Larsen, “aided and abetted” the institutional sale of XRP. The court has set this claim aside for future trial, where its legitimacy will be contested.

In conclusion, while Ripple’s victory in the XRP case deals a setback to the SEC’s regulatory efforts, it falls short of guaranteeing an industry-wide win. The ruling remains subject to appeal, and future courts may not align with Judge Torres’ decision. The legal battle between Ripple and the SEC is far from over, leaving significant challenges for both parties.


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