Who will win the SEC's lawsuit against Ripple Labs?

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On 22 December 2020, the United States Securities and Exchange Commissions filed a complaint against Ripple Labs Inc,. Christian Larsen, and Bradley Garlinghouse with allegations of selling a "digital assets security" without registering this sale with the SEC. The question shall be judged according to the outcome of the first court judgement, irrespective of appeals.
Reference date: Dec. 31, 2021, 24:00 EST

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Ripple Logo - Copyright: Ripple Labs Inc.The complaint

On 22 December 2020, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against

  1. Ripple Lab Inc.;
  2. Christian Larsen, the company's co-founder, executive chairman of its board, and former CEO; and
  3. Bradley Garlinghouse, the company's current CEO.

The SEC alleges that they sold a "digital assets security" without registering this sale with the SEC. The question shall be judged according to the outcome of the first court judgement, irrespective of appeals.

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These unfolding events are a good reminder why Satoshi Nakamoto chose to remain anonymous. We must remember that each and every centralised non-sovereign digital money before bitcoin failed or was brought down.

The SEC's choice of term "digital assets security" for its allegation is fuzzy, to say the least. A "security" is something entirely different to a "digital asset". Now, mined bitcoin is definitely a digital asset: nobody in the decentralised core bitcoin acivity promises anybody anything. Mind, I am not talking about other activities in the bitcoin ecosystem, just bitcoin core.

Even without checking the detailed asset vs. security issue for XRP, one thing is clear: irrespective whether Ripple prevails, reputational and economic fallout for the company and its executives will still be enormous. Severeal crypo exchanges have already delisted Ripple and a class action suit has been initiated in next to no time.

PS: Elon Musk's little fallout with the SEC is not comparable because Musk's cars have tangible value whereas a money's value depends on its acceptance. Such acceptance currently still requires ties into the ifat money system. The bitcoin community must put more effort into cutting those ties.

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