Coinbase’s Ruling May Send Ripple vs SEC Case to Supreme Court

A legal battle over XRP’s security classification might go to the Supreme Court, with industry insiders discussing the implications.

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  • The SEC’s battle with Ripple Labs over XRP’s classification as a security has intensified.
  • Industry insiders have been weighing in on the impact of the recent Coinbase case.
  • Ripple has remained defiant, vowing to fight the SEC’s claims all the way to the Supreme Court.

The legal battle between Ripple Labs and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the classification of XRP as a security could be headed for the highest court in the land. This possibility gained traction following a recent ruling in the Coinbase case, which favored the SEC.

Industry Braces for Potential Supreme Court Case

Industry insiders are closely watching these developments, with former SEC official Ladan Stewart providing key insights. Stewart, who led the agency’s crypto enforcement unit, believes the SEC is unlikely to back down from pursuing regulatory actions in the cryptocurrency space.


Her comments, made at a panel discussion at Columbia Business School, highlight the potential for a landmark case to reach the Supreme Court. “There will be some definitive sort of clarity on that question,” Stewart said, referring to the ongoing debate over how digital assets are classified under US law.

The crux of the issue lies in determining whether digital tokens themselves are inherently securities, or if it’s the way they are sold that triggers securities laws. Stewart clarified the SEC’s stance, stating, “The underlying asset is not a security, but its offer and sale” can be.

This distinction, however, raises practical concerns for crypto companies. Panelists like Rebecca Rettig, legal counsel for Polygon, questioned how companies can register offerings if the “stuff around the token” also factors into its security status. This ambiguity creates friction between the industry and regulators.

Lewis Cohen of DLx Law pointed out the potential for “regulation by enforcement,” a frequent criticism from crypto advocates. He argued that the SEC’s approach, as seen in the Coinbase ruling, might not be practical for the fast-paced digital asset market.

Ripple vs. SEC Unclear Rules, Uncertain Future

This debate underscores a central dilemma for the crypto industry: how to operate within unclear or impractical regulations. Finding a clear path forward remains a critical challenge, shaping the future of crypto regulation in the United States.


While the discussions are undoubtedly charged, Stewart’s closing remarks acknowledged the ongoing need for dialogue. “We’re all friends,” she concluded, highlighting the collaborative effort needed to navigate this complex legal landscape.

Ripple, meanwhile, has shown a strong commitment to fighting the SEC’s claims. CEO Brad Garlinghouse has declared the company’s resolve, stating, “We are in it till the end.” This unwavering stance, coupled with Ripple’s observation of past Supreme Court decisions favoring challengers to the SEC, suggests a potentially long and significant legal battle ahead.

On the Flipside

  • Ripple maintains XRP is a utility token used for facilitating transactions on its network, not an investment contract.
  • The SEC’s approach might not align with international regulatory frameworks, creating further confusion for companies operating globally.
  • The burden of proof still rests on the SEC, as they need to demonstrate that XRP sales were specifically designed to raise capital through an investment scheme.

Why This Matters

The potential Supreme Court showdown between the SEC and Ripple could establish a landmark legal precedent for the entire crypto industry. This clarity on how digital assets are classified under US law would significantly impact how companies operate, how tokens are offered, and ultimately, the future trajectory of crypto regulation in the United States.

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.