By Hassan Tyler. January 19, 2023. (ValueWalk).
The saga for what Forbes has called “ the cryptocurrency trial of the century” looks as if it is about to enter its closing stages. Final briefs on summary judgment were filed in November of last year by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the payments software company Ripple Labs in SEC v. Ripple .
Nearly two years of arguments are now in the hands of Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York, who is expected to rule sometime in the first quarter of this year.
SEC v. Ripple
The issue revolves around how Ripple uses the XRP token and its decentralized ledger as a tool for its cross-border payments software that it sells to international banks and money transmitters. The company and two of its executives sold large amounts of the token to exchanges starting in 2013, which fed a substantial secondary market for the cryptocurrency and an ecosphere for the XRP Ledger for businesses and individuals without the involvement or permission of Ripple.