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Ripple’s Victory Against SEC Shapes Future of Crypto Regulation

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  • Ripple Labs’ lawsuit potentially prevented other cryptocurrencies from default categorization as securities.
  • The SEC has consistently aimed to classify altcoins as securities, but recent legal developments have questioned this approach.

Altcoin Future Under Scrutiny: Ripple’s Role in the Equation

Bill Morgan, a renowned Australian attorney, has cast a speculative spotlight on the far-reaching implications of Ripple Labs’ confrontation with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). His assessment stems from the ongoing debate and legal wrangles surrounding the classification of digital assets.

The Backdrop: SEC’s Persistent Altcoin Classification

The SEC has, over the years, tightened its grip on the crypto industry. Gary Gensler, the SEC Chair, once asserted that Bitcoin was the sole exemption from the commission’s jurisdiction, insinuating that other altcoins should be viewed as securities. This perspective has been further amplified by the SEC’s move to label over 60 cryptocurrencies as securities in various legal entanglements with crypto establishments.

This recent narrative gained further traction when Stoner Cats 2 LLC (SC2), the latest entity, decided to settle after the SEC accused them of orchestrating an unauthorized crypto asset securities offering. This settlement revolved around the alleged sale of Stoner Cats animated series NFTs in 2021, raising a hefty $8.2 million. Without admitting guilt or disputing the allegations, SC2 agreed to abide by several SEC-imposed measures, inclusive of a $1 million civil penalty. Such settlements have seen SC2 join ranks with other crypto entities like Kraken in their accords with the SEC.

Ripple’s Legal Stance: An Altcoin Game Changer?

Morgan’s comments come in the wake of this backdrop. According to him, Ripple Labs’ decision to legally challenge the SEC might have shielded other cryptocurrencies from automatic categorization as securities. He stated,

“Every token itself other than Bitcoin would be a security by default. Good that @Ripple fought & there is one token a court found not to be a security.”

His observations underscore Ripple Labs’ notable achievement in thwarting the SEC’s efforts to universally tag altcoins as securities. As highlighted, a federal court decreed that XRP, ranked sixth in global cryptocurrency market capitalization, shouldn’t be seen as a security. While the SEC acknowledged XRP’s status as a non-security, it remains poised to appeal certain decisions linked to Ripple’s systematic sales and additional distributions.

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Godfrey Benjamin
Godfrey Benjamin
Godfrey Benjamin is an experienced crypto journalist whose primary goal is to educate everyone about the prospects of Web 3.0. His love for crypto was sparked during his time as a former banker when he recognized the clear advantages of decentralized money over traditional payments. Business Email: info@ethnews.com Phone: +49 160 92211628