XRP Ripple effect: Is this the best way to keep the SEC in check

The Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] has been trying its level best to prove XRP is an unregistered security, while also getting Ripple and its executives to serve for its alleged wrongdoings. However, in doing so, the SEC, according to many observers, has failed to provide crucial evidence questioning XRP’s utility.

In fact, according to the SEC, XRP’s only utility is to be an investment contract in Ripple, with the holders of the asset depending on Ripple to obtain a return on their holdings. The lawsuit in question also seeks to prohibit the registration of XRP as a security and preclude Ripple’s executives from participation in the market.

XRP and its utility

XRP and its utility

Although many newcomers and some old-timers have been in the space intending to make money, there have been many participants who have found investment value in crypto not only as an investment contract, but also its future potential to replace traditional financing systems.

Even though the SEC claims that the holders depended on Ripple to increase the value of XRP, many others claim to have not heard of the company before the lawsuit or saw XRP as an investment contract in any company. Thus, it can be argued that the SEC’s claims that every XRP holder has engaged in a “common enterprise” with Ripple do not meet the criteria for a fact.

As far as the utility of XRP is concerned, the asset has found a major use in facilitating cross-border payments. Ripple’s on-demand liquidity [ODL] solution uses XRP as an intermediary currency to transfer fiat within established corridors across the world. John Deaton of the Deaton Law Firm and the website CryptoLaw in his latest blog added

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XRP Ripple effect: Is this the best way to keep the SEC in check

“The open-source nature of XRP allows users throughout the world to use the token to pay for goods and services without any connection to or reliance on Ripple. According to Cryptwerk, over 1,300 companies currently accept XRP for payment across industries from business services to tourism and travel.”

Here, it’s worth noting that Deaton has also filed a motion to intervene in the Ripple v. SEC case on behalf of XRP holders, an intervention that means to state that they were not in “common enterprise” with Ripple, despite the SEC’s claims.
The SEC’s claims to prove XRP as just an investment contract for Ripple fails to hold water. Even though many XRP critics do not see the asset with much utility, the XRP community has been rallying to prove otherwise. This could also prove necessary since the holders are the only sufferers right now. They could lose a lot if the SEC wins.
As of now, XRP has been declared a currency by financial regulatory authorities in Japan, Singapore, the U.K., Switzerland, and the UAE. With the USA still fighting over its legal status, it may take a while to keep up with the changing global regulatory landscape.

XRP Ripple effect: Is this the best way to keep the SEC in check

SEC v. Ripple Labs, the “cryptocurrency trial of the century,” has spurred a debate among many on the need for regulatory clarity on the part of government agencies like the SEC, FinCen, and the CFTC.

The issue of “Regulation by enforcement” via the example of the Ripple-SEC lawsuit was the subject of the latest edition of the Fourth Branch podcast, with the panelists for the same including attorney John Deaton, Carol Goforth, and Roslyn Layton, among others.

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Understandably, Deaton came out vocally in opposition to the SEC’s action against Ripple Labs and its execs, an action he termed as “absurd,” and “credible overreach.” According to him, the SEC’s decision to charge the blockchain firm completely disregards the DoJ and FinCen declaring XRP as a “convertible digital currency” and not a security when they sued Ripple Labs for not registering as a money transmitter company a few years ago.

The SEC, Deaton alleged, failed to intervene back when it granted permission to Ripple to buy 9% of MoneyGram “knowing that XRP would be traded or distributed by Ripple to MoneyGram.” In fact, this was the case even when Coinbase went to the SEC in 2019 before it listed XRP.

XRP Ripple effect: Is this the best way to keep the SEC in check

SEC v. Ripple Labs, the “cryptocurrency trial of the century