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SEC vs. Ripple Lawsuit: XRP Soars Ahead of Key Decision

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Updated by Bary Rahma
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In Brief

  • SEC vs. Ripple case spikes XRP sell-off as legal battle nears end.
  • Crypto whale transaction stirs market amid looming SEC reply brief.
  • Ripple counters SEC's hefty penalty proposal with $10 million limit.
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As the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) vs. Ripple case climaxes, the cryptocurrency market witnesses a significant sell-off of XRP tokens while prices climb.

Amidst the legal showdown, a notable transaction by a mysterious whale has intensified market reactions and volatility.

Anticipation builds over the SEC’s upcoming reply brief, which is due on May 6. This document is pivotal as it precedes Judge Analisa Torres‘ decision on the penalties for Ripple’s alleged securities violations. Previously, in July 2023, Judge Torres found Ripple violating the US Securities Act by not registering XRP as a security during institutional sales.

The stakes are high, with the SEC proposing a staggering $876 million in disgorgement plus equal civil penalties and additional interests, totaling approximately $1.95 billion. Conversely, Ripple maintains that any penalty should not surpass $10 million, underscoring the absence of fraud or deceit in their operations.

Amidst these developments, the crypto community remains wary of the SEC’s next moves, especially after Judge Torres’s ruling in July 2023, which did not classify programmatic sales of XRP as securities transactions. This decision is a crucial element likely to be contested by the SEC, maintaining legal pressures on XRP.

Read more: Everything You Need To Know About Ripple vs SEC

Before Judge Torres’ decision, many XRP tokens were moved. A transaction involving the transfer of 28.24 million XRP tokens, worth approximately $14.94 million, was made to the Bitstamp exchange. This move comes at a time when XRP’s market sentiment has improved, showing a sharp increase in positive expectations.

The rising speculation has led to fluctuating XRP prices, with the cryptocurrency briefly rising nearly 8% from $0.53 to $0.57.

XRP Price Performance
XRP Price Performance. Source: TradingView

Still, the crypto market’s response to the upcoming court decisions will be critical. It could exacerbate the sell-off or pave the way for further price recovery.

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Bary Rahma
Bary Rahma is a senior journalist at BeInCrypto, where she covers a broad spectrum of topics including crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs), artificial intelligence (AI), tokenization of real-world assets (RWA), and the altcoin market. Prior to this, she was a content writer for Binance, producing in-depth research reports on cryptocurrency trends, market analysis, decentralized finance (DeFi), digital asset regulations, blockchain, initial coin offerings (ICOs), and tokenomics. Bary also...
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