Important Ripple v. SEC Lawsuit Update May 30: Details

Check out the latest action on the Ripple v. SEC front.


Ripple filed to seal data related to the SEC’s motion, arguing that its financial statements are irrelevant to the case, while the regulator claims they are crucial.
The watchdog sued the firm in 2020 for raising $1.3 billion in unregistered securities. The lawsuit is now in trial, with Ripple having secured some partial court wins.

The Latest Development

After a period of relative inactivity, the legal battle between the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Ripple escalated again. Most recently, the company filed a reply letter in further support of its motion to seal data related to the regulator’s motion for judgment and remedies. Initially, Ripple sought to seal and redact some evidence and financial documents, but the SEC opposed the move. 

“The Court should deny Ripple’s request to conceal financial and securities sales information because that information constitutes “judicial documents” as it is at the heart of the arguments the parties have presented in support of their remedies motion and could, therefore, tend to influence the Court’s remedies decision,” the agency stated earlier this month.

America’s securities regulator insists that such data could give more clarity about Ripple’s XRP sales from years ago and play a key role in the legal process. According to the company, though, historical contracts have “no continuing relevance” because it has enforced certain amendments on its XRP sales procedures:

“Ripple is no longer selling XRP through over-the-counter transactions with the characteristics that the Court determined were “Institutional sales” at summary judgment. Ripple’s current sales of XRP to customers for use in connection with Ripple’s ODL product do not have any of the relevant terms of over-the-counter contracts, such as discounts offered to sophisticated counterparties.”

A Brief Summary of the Lawsuit

The legal spat between the entities started in December 2020 when the SEC accused Ripple of illegally raising more than $1.3 billion in an unregistered securities offering by selling XRP. The battle passed through numerous developments in the following years, reaching its trial phase in April 2024.

Both parties presented necessary documents and briefs to magistrates, and according to American lawyer Jeremy Hogan, they now await the judge’s ruling.

Some believe Ripple has the upper hand in the lawsuit due to securing three vital (yet partial) court wins last year. XRP’s price rallied after each triumph, meaning a decisive victory for the company may positively impact the asset. If you are curious to learn more about the case and its potential influence on XRP’s valuation, please check our dedicated video below: