Ripple vs. SEC case will likely be decided in early 2023, says lawyer

Ripple vs. SEC case will likely be decided in early 2023, says lawyer

By Benson Toti - min read

Ripple’s battle to defeat the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a case that has dragged since December 2020 is set to go into early 2023, according to an update shared by Stuart Alderoty, General Counsel at Ripple.

The case revolves around XRP, a cryptocurrency launched by Ripple Labs.

On December 22, the SEC announced it had charged Ripple Labs Inc. and two top executives over the sale of $1.3 billion worth of unregistered securities. The regulator said the securities offering was “ongoing,” allegedly referring to Ripple’s sales of XRP.

Essentially, the SEC was saying that XRP was a security. Ripple and its top executives have maintained that the securities watchdog’s accusations are outright false. So much more has come to the fore, including comments from former SEC officials.

It’s hurting XRP holders

Saturday’s update from Alderoty, and defense lawyer James K. Filan, means it’s going to be a whole two years of waiting for the case’s resolution.  

It now looks like a resolution will come in 2023 – and each day that passes is hurting US citizens who were essentially the victims of a rug pull by the SEC,” Alderoty said in a Twitter thread.

Filan pointed to this same likelihood, stating in a tweet that both the SEC and Ripple had filed a joint scheduling letter seeking a resolution to the case. According to him, the parties have proposed that opening briefs for summary judgment start in August.

The timeline also caters to any expert challenges, with closing briefs then expected “a few days before Christmas.”

SEC’s delay tactics

SEC’s apparent delay tactics over the course of the case ostensibly played a role in Ripple’s decision to agree to a joint filing. It’s the reason why XRP holders will have to endure the long wait for a potential resolution. 

Alderoty said:

To those asking if this is a joint filing – yes it is. But, based on the SEC’s track record, if we didn’t agree to this, the next iteration would have very likely been even longer.”

So the XRP community goes on waiting. As noted earlier, it’s the investors who are ‘hurting.’

XRP price today

XRP was trading around $0.71, nearly 2% down in the past 24 hours and close to 40% off the highs reached in April 2021. That run to highs near $2.00 on 14 April was the altcoin’s best since the surge to the all-time high of $3.40 in January 2018.

The cryptocurrencies market cap has also shrunk, pushing XRP from third behind Bitcoin and Ethereum down to sixth at the time of writing with $34.3 billion.