Response from Ripple's General Counsel to SEC Filings
Ripple's general counsel Stuart Alderoty recently addressed a New York Times article that incorrectly attributed authority to the SEC in determining whether or not XRP is a security.
An article titled "Inside a Crypto Nemesis' Campaign to Rein In the Industry" claims that XRP's demotion from the third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization was due to the SEC classifying it as a security.
In response to the mischaracterization by the New York Times, Ripple General Counsel Stuart Alderoty stated that a court should decide the issue of XRP's security status. He said that the SEC couldn't consider the asset a security.
XRP, Ripple's signature token, was the third-most valuable cryptocurrency before the filing; however, since the S.E.C. classified it as a security, it has fallen in the rankings, as stated in the article.
In a tweet, the lawyer clarified that the SEC has not classified XRP as a security and lacks the authority to do so. 'The SEC can only raise the question, and the court ultimately determines the answer,' said one judge.
Show Tweet from <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To be clear, the SEC hasn’t labeled XRP a security, nor does it have the power to do so. One Judge put it this way: the SEC can only ask the question and the court ultimately answers. <a href="https://t.co/oMUjZwBkZo">https://t.co/oMUjZwBkZo</a></p>— Stuart Alderoty (@s_alderoty) <a href="https://twitter.com/s_alderoty/status/1594743348572848129?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
John Deaton, representing over 75,000 XRP investors in the ongoing Ripple-SEC dispute, vouched for Alderoty's claim. Deaton states that the article grossly exaggerates the SEC's power.
He said the SEC had admitted in court that only a judge could decide whether or not XRP was a security.
Later, he insists that only the SEC [SDNY] can determine whether or not the Commission's claim is valid. He concludes that Upgrading XRP will become obsolete.
Now is an opportune time for this, as the crypto community has demanded that the SEC investigate the FTX issue.
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