SEC Gains Upper Hand: Ripple Ordered to Disclose XRP Sales Data

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A US district judge has ordered Ripple to disclose data on financial and institutional sales of XRP, a significant victory for the SEC amid allegations of unregistered sales.

A US district judge recently made an important decision in the ongoing legal battle between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Ripple, ordering Ripple to disclose more detailed financial information and data about its institutional sales of XRP. This ruling is seen as a victory for the SEC, which has been in litigation with Ripple for more than three years. The lawsuit centers around allegations that Ripple engaged in unregistered sales of its XRP token, a claim that Ripple disputes.

The court order specifically requires Ripple to provide financial statements for the years 2022 and 2023, along with contracts governing institutional sales of XRP that occurred after the SEC filed its complaint against Ripple. This information is considered crucial to determining the appropriate penalties in the case, as the court seeks to determine whether Ripple’s institutional sales of XRP are in violation of securities law. The ruling follows a previous ruling by Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District Court of New York, which found that while sales of XRP to institutional investors constituted illegal sales of securities, sales to retail investors did not fall under that categorization.

Ripple argued that the company’s financial condition was irrelevant to the case, a position that the court ultimately rejected. The court agreed with the SEC that information about institutional sales of XRP after a complaint was filed was relevant to deciding possible remedies, which could include injunctive relief and civil penalties. This development is part of a broader SEC enforcement campaign against major US cryptocurrency exchanges and highlights the ongoing regulatory challenges facing the crypto industry.

The trial between Ripple and the SEC is set to begin in April 2024, marking a critical juncture in a case that has attracted significant attention from both the cryptocurrency community and regulators. Ripple’s legal team has criticized the SEC’s approach to the crypto industry, calling it overly aggressive. The outcome of this case could have far-reaching implications for the regulation of digital assets in the United States.​​​​

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