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Ripple Fought The Law and Won

July 27, 2023
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In a landmark legal victory, Ripple Labs was declared to not have violated any US securities laws by listing their tokens on exchanges.

The victory represents the first time a crypto company or project has ever won a case that was brought by the SEC.

Big Picture:

Investors have been closely watching to see the outcome of this case, as it sets a large scale precedent for how crypto can and will be regulated in the United States. The notion that listing a token on crypto exchanges was a violation of securities law represented an existential threat to crypto as an asset class.

The Fine Print:

However, it wasn’t all a complete victory for Ripple. The courts did rule that Ripple selling tokens in private sales to venture and hedge funds was in fact in violation of securities law, giving a partial win to the SEC action. But, secondary sales on public exchanges were deemed not to be a violation.

What People Are Saying:

Naturally, the crypto community and larger ecosystem is ecstatic by the news, which sent XRP rocketing up 75%.

  • "The sale of XRP on exchanges is NOT a security. Which means the sales of all cryptos on exchanges are NOT securities and the SEC and Gary Gensler have NO jurisdiction over them. This is a watershed moment that relegates the SEC to TradFi and makes it a dinosaur regulator” - Cameron Winklevoss, founder of Gemini
  • "The most important part of this ruling: 'XRP, as a digital token, is not in and of itself a 'contract, transaction, or scheme' that embodies the Howey requirements of an investment contract. This is a now a matter of law (not up for trial.)” - Brad Garlinghouse, founder of Ripple

Cause And Effect:

The news spread quickly and caused a number of positive reactions from crypto participants, all urging that XRP be viewed in a new light following legal clarity.

  • Coinbase said it's time to re-list XRP on their exchange
  • Gemini said they are exploring re-listing XRP
  • Kraken will re list XRP

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