SEC files final response in Ripple XRP case

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Ripple Labs and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have made major progress in their legal battle, with the SEC taking a step forward by filing its final reply in the lawsuit’s remedies phase.

In its recent response to the remedies brief, the SEC challenged Ripple’s assertions that the blockchain startup acted without recklessness and that there should be no “widespread uncertainty” about XRP’s legal status despite the court previously rejecting this “fair notice” defense.

The SEC also maintains its stance on whether Ripple will likely engage in similar actions in the future, even though Ripple has not violated any rules since the XRP lawsuit was initiated in 2020.

According to the remedies brief, Ripple has tried to downplay its liability while highlighting its cooperation with the U.S. SEC since the 2013 XRP initial coin offering (ICO).

However, the U.S. SEC emphasized that, according to the law, even if Ripple had refrained from any violations since 2020, anticipating another breach is still possible.

The SEC argues that Ripple’s assurances about changing its behavior post-lawsuit do not justify avoiding injunctions. According to the SEC, Ripple’s claims of following legal guidance and restructuring future XRP sales based on the lawsuit’s order are misleading. The SEC contends that Ripple misinterprets the order and fails to accept its implications for compliance.

The remedies reply refutes Ripple’s assertions about conducting sales outside the U.S. and to accredited investors, as these defenses were abandoned during summary judgment.

Additionally, Ripple’s claims of contract changes for on-demand liquidity (ODL) sales are dismissed, as these contracts already lacked certain restrictions identified as violations.

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Ultimately, the SEC argues that Ripple’s assertions do not negate the need for injunctions to prevent future violations.

Responding to the SEC’s reply in the remedies brief, Ripple’s chief legal officer, Stuart Alderoty, commented that the SEC’s reputation continues to decline.

He highlighted that international financial regulators with robust crypto licensing frameworks might be surprised that the SEC regards their efforts as akin to issuing fishing licenses.

Source: Stuart Alderoty

Alderoty criticized the SEC for not consistently applying the law. He expressed optimism about resolving the XRP lawsuit. While the crypto community eagerly awaits the case’s outcome, analysts anticipate a final judgment around September.

Ripple is set to introduce XRPL enterprise solutions to the Japanese market through a strategic partnership with Tokyo-based consulting firm HashKey DX.

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