Ripple (XRP) vs. SEC Lawsuit Nears Climax – Could Brand New Evidence Derail Friday’s Decision?

The highly anticipated remedies and penalties phase of the Ripple vs. SEC lawsuit is nearing its climax. After 61 days of tense silence following closing arguments, the XRP community is buzzing with speculation about a potential ruling date. Prominent XRP attorney Fred Rispoli ignited the conversation by suggesting a date as early as July 12th, marking the one-year anniversary of Judge Sarah Netburn’s landmark summary judgment. In that ruling, Judge Netburn declared XRP not a security, a major legal victory for Ripple.

However, a potential roadblock has emerged in the form of an outstanding motion filed by Ripple on April 29th. This motion implores Judge Netburn to strike down new expert witness materials introduced by the SEC. These materials include testimony and evidence from a recently introduced expert, Andrea Fox. The outcome of Judge Netburn’s decision on this motion could be crucial. If Ripple prevails, it could pave the way for a final ruling from Judge Analisa Torres, presiding over the main case, without needing further resolution on this specific issue.

Despite the added complexity, Rispoli remains optimistic, suggesting a potential collaboration between Judges Torres and Netburn. He proposes that Judge Torres might inform Judge Netburn that a ruling on the case would render a decision on the expert witness issue unnecessary.

The XRP price, at the time of writing, hasn’t shown any significant fluctuations, hovering around $0.4375. This suggests the market remains cautious or uncertain about the outcome.

For context, the SEC filed a lawsuit against Ripple in December 2020, accusing them of raising over $1.3 billion through an unregistered securities offering of XRP. Ripple has vehemently denied these charges, maintaining that XRP is a currency.

The July 2023 summary judgment ruling marked a turning point, providing a significant advantage for Ripple without definitively resolving the entire lawsuit. The focus then shifted to the remedies and penalties phase, bringing the case closer to a definitive conclusion.

A final ruling has the potential to significantly impact both Ripple and the entire cryptocurrency industry. A decision favoring Ripple would provide much-needed regulatory clarity for digital assets. Conversely, a ruling siding with the SEC could stifle innovation within the cryptocurrency space.

Also Read: Ripple Holds 1.3 Billion XRP in Spendable Wallets After Escrow Unlock, Sparking SEC Settlement Rumors (July 2024 Update)

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