Ripple v. SEC: Expects a ruling on the summary judgment motions in the first half of this year

Elliott Z. Stein, a Bloomberg Intelligence analyst, recently discussed the ongoing legal dispute between Ripple and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) during an appearance on Laura Shin’s “Unchained” podcast. He said he anticipates a decision on the motions for summary judgment in the first part of this year.

Stein pointed out that the Ripple example is particularly intriguing because it involves a digital asset with utility, which supports the idea that such assets should be treated as commodities.

Yet according to the SEC, Ripple advertised XRP tokens as investments, and buyers treated them as such in the hopes that the asset’s value would increase. As a result, a complicated legal issue has given rise to protracted litigation.

“So, it’s a really interesting case for the whole crypto sector, and I think we might get a ruling on the summary judgment motions in 1H this year,” Stein said.

In a recent ruling in the case, Judge Analisa Torres decided to bar the SEC’s crucial expert witness from testifying. Judge Torres denied Patrick Doody’s request to testify after learning that he had been employed by the powerful regulatory body to look into the expectations of token buyers.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a lawsuit against Ripple and its top executives in December 2020.

According to the lawsuit, the business and its executives sold securities without authorization, violating US securities regulations. Garlinghouse has said that he anticipates the case’s resolution in 2023.

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