The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking legal action against Ripple for the sale of unregistered securities for $ 1.38 billion, via XRP. As a direct consequence, the price of XRP collapses and the delisting of cryptocurrency begins on some platforms.
SEC goes to war with RIPple
It’s now official, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking legal action against Ripple and its cryptocurrency, XRP . Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse , had already informed the community about this yesterday , saying that the SEC is wrong.
The SEC therefore files a lawsuit against Ripple, its CEO Brad Garlinghouse and its co-founder Chris Larsen . The latter are accused of having carried out an unregistered sale of securities for an amount of 1.38 billion dollars , via XRP .
“Ripple has raised funds, starting in 2013, through the sale of digital assets known as XRP in an unregistered securities offering to investors in the United States and around the world. Ripple is also said to have distributed billions of XRP in exchange for non-monetary consideration, such as labor and market making services, ”the complaint alleges.
The SEC also adds that Brad Garlinghouse and Christ Larsen have reportedly failed to record their personal XRP sales, estimated at $ 600 million . Ripple had been in the SEC’s sights for a long time, with the company even receiving warnings even before the public rollout of its project:
“Ripple engaged in this illegal offering of securities from 2013 to present, although Ripple received legal advice as early as 2012 that in certain circumstances XRP could be considered an ‚investment contract‘ and therefore as a security under federal securities laws. “
For his part, Brad Garlinghouse believes that this is not only an attack on Ripple, but against the entire cryptocurrency industry. He believes that the SEC is doing everything to curb innovation in the United States in terms of cryptocurrencies, and that this action could be followed by others affecting various companies in the ecosystem.
Is this the end for Ripple and its XRP?
The impact on XRP is already considerable. The price of the cryptocurrency has been in free fall since yesterday and is approaching the levels of last November, with the bull run of the market. At the time of writing these lines, the XRP loses -40% over the last 24 hours , from $ 0.50 to $ 0.30 :
As a direct result of the SEC’s attack on Ripple, the Hong Kong-based exchange OSL has suspended all trading markets including XRP until further notice. For the moment, it is impossible to know if other trading platforms will also make this decision.
However, many believe that all exchanges with branches in the United States are likely to delist XRP, so as not to offend the regulators .
The battle between the SEC and Ripple is likely to be fierce and full of twists and turns. Obviously, Ripple plans to fight with all the means at its disposal. Regardless, and even if the outcome of this case is favorable to Ripple, the reputation of the company and of XRP is once again tarnished.
XRP will be hard pressed to recover, and if further delistings occur in the coming days on larger platforms like Coinbase or Binance , the result would be catastrophic for the cryptocurrency.