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Ripple sees the light as SEC dismisses exec charges, but appeal lingers for 2024

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  • SEC drops all charges against Ripple executives Brad Garlinghouse and Chris Larsen.
  • Eleanor Terrett states the SEC can’t immediately appeal and must wait for a final judgment.
  • The trial, focusing on Ripple’s XRP token sale allegations, is set for April 23, 2024.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently dropped all charges against Ripple executives Brad Garlinghouse and Chris Larsen. This decision is crucial in the extended legal battle between the regulatory body and the blockchain-based payment firm. However, it doesn’t signal an immediate victory for Ripple, as the case persists without the personal charges.

Eleanor Terrett, a Fox Business correspondent, highlighted that an immediate appeal from the SEC is off the table. The regulatory agency must await a final judgment only after the penalty phase concludes. This waiting period could stretch several months, pushing any potential SEC appeal into the following year.

The legal conflict, scheduled for trial on April 23, 2024, centered around accusations against Garlinghouse and Larsen. The SEC alleged they assisted Ripple in violating securities laws by selling XRP tokens. Ripple, defending its position robustly, countered these claims, leading to this notable retraction from the SEC.

Stuart Alderoty, Ripple’s Chief Legal Officer, did not mince words about this development. “The SEC made a serious mistake going after Brad & Chris personally. They’ve now capitulated, dismissing all charges against our executives. This isn’t a settlement; it’s a surrender,” he asserted.

This backpedaling by the SEC is the latest in a series of legal triumphs for Ripple. The firm celebrated a landmark victory in July when a judge ruled that XRP did not qualify as a security. Moreover, the court recently rejected the SEC’s plea to appeal that decision, providing Ripple with additional legal leverage.

The implication of these legal proceedings extends beyond the courtroom, impacting the broader cryptocurrency community. The initial allegation had sent ripples through the industry, given its potential to set precedents. Consequently, the SEC’s withdrawal is receiving considerable attention, suggesting a possible easing regulatory stance toward such digital assets.

Nonetheless, Ripple is still in the woods. The case against the company continues without individual charges against its executives. The coming months will determine Ripple’s ultimate standing with the SEC and the future cryptocurrency regulatory landscape.

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