Former SEC Chair Challenges Court Ruling in Ripple Case

The former SEC Chair’s criticism of Ripple’s legal win has sparked debate within the crypto community on regulatory nuances.

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  • The Former SEC Chair has sparked a contentious debate within the crypto community.
  • An XRP lawyer has countered the critique, highlighting disparities between Ripple’s case and other SEC lawsuits.
  • The SEC’s attempt to draw parallels between cases has appeared to falter.

The ongoing legal tussle between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Ripple Labs has taken a new turn, with former SEC Chair Jay Clayton publicly criticizing a recent court ruling in Ripple’s favor. 

Ripple’s legal victory, which hinged on the notion that the company’s programmatic sales of XRP tokens on secondary trading platforms did not constitute a security offering, has drawn attention from Clayton, who has asserted that the ruling is flawed.


Clayton’s comments have been met with swift rebuttals from Ripple supporters, including John E. Deaton, a prominent figure in the crypto sector who advocates for Ripple’s XRP token. Deaton has taken to social media to counter Clayton’s claims, arguing that the SEC’s former chair is misrepresenting the facts of the case.

Deaton highlighted the differences between Ripple’s case and two other recent SEC lawsuits involving cryptocurrency projects, Terraform Labs and LBRY. In both of these cases, the courts ruled against the SEC, but these decisions were based on motions to dismiss, which do not involve the presentation of full evidence. 

SEC Fails to Draw Parallels to Ripple’s Crypto Case

By contrast, the ruling in Ripple’s case was a summary judgment, which means that the court had access to all the evidence and concluded that Ripple’s programmatic sales did not meet the criteria for a security offering.

Deaton’s assessment underscores the significance of the summary judgment ruling in Ripple’s favor. It sets a precedent for how the SEC will approach the regulatory landscape of cryptocurrencies, particularly in cases involving secondary trading platforms. 


The SEC’s attempts to draw parallels between Ripple’s case and those involving Terraform Labs and LBRY appear to fall short, as the inherent differences between these cases suggest they may not apply to Ripple’s situation.

On the Flipside

  • Despite the summary judgment, Ripple’s case still leaves uncertainties in defining the regulatory status of cryptocurrencies, especially secondary trading platforms.
  • The relevance of precedents set by other SEC litigations, though not directly translatable to Ripple, could bear significance in assessing Ripple’s circumstance.

Why This Matters

Former SEC Chair Jay Clayton’s critique of Ripple’s legal win underscores a growing debate within the crypto landscape. It signals a pivotal moment in regulatory interpretation, potentially shaping future decisions and strategies in the evolving realm of digital assets.

To learn more about Ripple’s evolving legal strategies and potential cost reduction in lawsuits, read here:
Ripple’s New Legal Tactic To Slash Lawsuit Settlement Costs

To delve into the SEC’s recent stern caution about cryptocurrency assets and their classification as securities, read here:
SEC Issues Sharp Warning on Cryptocurrency Asset Securities

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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.