By Roslyn Layton, PhD. June 13, 2023. (DC Journal).
In February, I filed a motion to intervene in SEC v. Ripple Labs, the first big crypto enforcement action filed in December 2020 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). I have written two dozen stories about the serious implications of the case, particularly on the sweeping regulatory overreach at the heart of the SEC’s arguments and the naked power grab it represents.
The agency spent most of the last two years fighting Ripple’s attempts to obtain internal SEC emails and documents on the drafting of a 2018 speech given by then-Director of Corporation Finance William Hinman where he introduced a long list of “what we look at” when determining whether a digital asset is a security.
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By Jake Simmons. March 24, 2021. (Crypto News Flash)
Attorney John E. Deaton continues to fight for the XRP community, seeking arguments as to why the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is wrong in classifying XRP as a security. In a Twitter thread yesterday, Deaton laid out why the Ethereum Foundation’s sales of Ether (ETH) met the facts for a security much more than any sales of XRP by Ripple that he is aware of.
In doing so, Deaton specifically referenced a video shared by “Digital Asset Investor” via Twitter in which Ethereum’s creator, Vitalik Buterin, spoke about the initial fundraising and transfer of 500,000 ETH to Galaxy Digital’s Mike Novogratz. Deaton explained:
What @VitalikButerin is doing in the below video is much more of an “offering” of a security than any specific sale of #XRP that I’m aware of – (although I’m not aware of all #XRP sales).
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