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Ripple Labs’ ongoing legal battle with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been a hot topic in the crypto world. The SEC has been suing Ripple Labs for committing securities fraud and Ripple’s defense has been that the SEC had not given it fair notice before suing it. However, the SEC has argued that a recent court judgment further weakens Ripple Labs’ fair notice defense.
In an April 11 letter to U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres, the SEC highlighted the judge’s opinion in a separate enforcement action it won against investment advisory firm Commonwealth Equity Services. In that case, it was deemed that a longstanding court precedent provides sufficient “fair notice.” The SEC argued that the longstanding Supreme Court precedent which gave rise to the Howey test – which is used to determine what constitutes a security – provides Ripple Labs with fair notice as to what a security is, just as the precedent referred to in the Commonwealth case had. The SEC added its case with Commonwealth provides “additional authority” for rejecting Ripple’s fair notice defense.
“Ripple’s argument that the SEC had failed to provide it with fair notice before suing it for committing securities fraud in December 2020 is regarded as one of its key defenses…legal experts such as John E Deaton have a different opinion. Deaton has previously noted that the fair notice defense only comes into play if the judge decides Ripple’s XRP token was a security at any time between 2013 to now. Deaton believes Ripple Lab’s best chance lies in convincing the judge that XRP is not a security based on the Howey test.”
The latest development in the case against Ripple Labs will have traders and investors on high alert. The SEC has argued that Ripple’s fair notice defense is weak, which could mean that Ripple Labs is even more vulnerable to SEC’s charges of committing securities fraud. The fact that legal expert John E Deaton thinks that Ripple’s best chance lies in convincing the judge that XRP is not a security based on Howey test is also cause for concern. If Ripple Labs is unable to convince the judge that XRP is not a security, the implications for the company could be massive.
The FAIR NOTICE DEFENSE is not what a lot of people think it is. I see a lot of comments about how @Ripple’s FND is a slam dunk and Ripple and #XRP will win. Make no mistake about it, Ripple hopes the judge never decides the FND. #XRPHolders would prefer no decision on the FND.— John E Deaton (@JohnEDeaton1) July 2, 2022
The latest development in the case against Ripple Labs could mean that the company’s future is uncertain. Traders and investors should be cautious when it comes to investing in Ripple’s XRP token until there is more clarity on the situation. If Ripple is unable to convince the judge that XRP is not a security, the company’s token could be deemed illegal, which could lead to a sharp drop in its price.
The SEC is arguing all #XRP are securities because #XRP itself represents all of Ripples efforts (yes, they are making 💩 up as they go). We need the judge 👩⚖️ to declare today’s token NOT a security. We need to win on a strict Howey analysis. https://t.co/g8ea78R0es— John E Deaton (@JohnEDeaton1) July 2, 2022
The Bottom Line
Traders and investors should closely monitor developments in the case against Ripple Labs. The latest development in the case could mean that Ripple’s fair notice defense is weak, which could make the company more vulnerable to SEC’s charges of committing securities fraud. Until there is more clarity on the situation, traders and investors should be cautious when it comes to investing in Ripple’s XRP token.