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Ripple president says, ‘No going back on battle with SEC’

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Ripple said it will continue to stand its ground irrespective of the SEC’s appeal application. With strong words from the president, CEO, and legal arm, where’s this lawsuit headed?

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  • The president noted that it was unperturbed by the SEC’s theatrics, and would see the case to the very end.
  • The firm’s hiring concentration remained outside the U.S.

Monica Long, Ripple’s [XRP] president, told CNBC that the firm was ready to fight all the way through in its case with the U.S. SEC. The ongoing lawsuit, which started in 2020, has been filled with twists and turns.


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In July, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres proclaimed that XRP was not a security, and gave Ripple a partial win over the regulator. However, the SEC, dissatisfied with the judgment, has requested permission to file an interlocutory appeal, which was still pending at press time.

Ready to roll in the mud

However, according to Long, the SEC’s appeal application would not deter Ripple from standing its ground. In the 11 September interview, Monica said that Ripple was not concerned about the longevity of the case. Rather, it was only focused on proving that the initial judgment was a fact.

She said, 

“We also got clarity in that lawsuit. And the judge’s order in that case said very clearly XRP in and of itself is not a security, which kind of opens the doors to us to really expand our business — not just in the U.S. but even more globally.”

Since the SEC publicly revealed that it would file an appeal, there has been speculation that Ripple might settle. Some other corners said the blockchain firm might back out of the lawsuit. However, that has not been the case.

On 29 August, CEO Brad Garlinghouse opined that the SEC was acting out of control despite the facts brought to the court.

Days after that, Ripple’s Chief Legal Officer Stuart Alderoty called out the SEC for being hypocritical and manipulative. As a result of the brawl between the two warring parties, Long said the firm was looking to operate mainly outside the U.S. jurisdiction. In defending the firm’s stance, she told CNBC that,

“We’ve always been very engaged with regulators, policymakers, and it’s just a part of our DNA. When we build [a] product, compliance is in the room. They have a seat at the table.”

Ripple looks beyond the obstacles

Her claim was corroborated by Garlinghouse’s statement on 12 September. Garlinghouse, who spoke to Bloomberg Crypto, disclosed that Ripple was actively hiring outside the U.S., and the long-standing dispute with the SEC was one of the major reasons for the decision.


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At press time, it was unclear which direction the case would head. However, from Ripple’s body language, it was confident of victory. If that happens, then XRP may have a chance at rewarding the XRP army who have stayed loyal to the project.

In all of this back and forth, the token has been trading sideways between $0.48 and $0.51.

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Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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