How SEC Lawsuit Could Restrict Ripple’s Access to XRP Reserves

The Ripple Labs and XRP community speculate on the fate of escrowed XRP coins amidst the legal battle.

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  • Ripple Labs and the XRP community have intensely debated after a crucial court ruling.
  • Former Ripple executive has shared insights on actions with far-reaching consequences.
  • Expectations have remained high as the community awaits the final ruling.

The legal dispute between Ripple Labs and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sparked intense discussions within the Ripple and XRP community. As the court ruling looms, attention has shifted toward the fate of the XRP tokens held in escrow by Ripple Labs. 

These assets, entrusted to the company to maintain market stability, confer a considerable supply of the token to Ripple, thus bolstering the SEC’s argument of a common enterprise.


Amidst speculation surrounding Judge Torres’ forthcoming ruling, insights from former Ripple executive Matt Hamilton have surfaced. Hamilton suggests that the XRP held in escrow will be sent to a specific address, with the company potentially disabling the master key to this designated wallet. 

This action would render the funds inaccessible to anyone, including Ripple, even if the assets are released to the escrow account. Implementing such a crypto burn mechanism appears to be a possible action.

Ruling Could Force Ripple to Acquire XRP from Open Market

In Hamilton’s words, “Ripple could right now publicly and probably render their entire future escrow funds inaccessible to even themselves. To all intents and purposes ‘burn them.'” The outcome of the legal battle carries significant implications for the future of Ripple and its association with XRP. 

The uncertainty surrounding Ripple’s control over some of the XRP coins has disrupted potential business alignments, particularly for its On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) service, which relies heavily on XRP as its primary currency.


If the ruling limits Ripple’s ability to control these tokens, the company may be forced to acquire them from the open market, potentially leading to increased costs overall. Alternatively, Ripple could explore adopting an entirely different digital currency for its cross-border payment offerings. 

However, such a move would undermine RippleNet’s foundation, which was built on leveraging the cost-effective and efficient transactions offered by the XRP coin.

On the Flipside

  • If Ripple were to render their future escrow funds inaccessible, it could have negative implications for transparency and accountability, as the fate of these funds would no longer be subject to public scrutiny.
  • Ripple Labs’ control over a significant supply of XRP tokens undermines the decentralization aspect of cryptocurrencies.
  • The potential need for Ripple to source XRP from the open market could lead to market volatility and price fluctuations, affecting not only Ripple but also XRP investors and traders.

Why You Should Care

Matt Hamilton’s comments hold significance as they shed light on a potential course of action that Ripple Labs could undertake with the XRP tokens held in escrow.

His insight adds to the ongoing debate surrounding the legal battle between Ripple and the SEC, highlighting the potential consequences for Ripple’s control over XRP and its implications for the broader cryptocurrency market.

To learn more about the accusation of stonewalling by the SEC in the Ripple case, read here:

Empower Oversight Accuses SEC of Stonewalling in Ripple Case

To learn more about the recent clash between Brad Garlinghouse and a venture capitalist on XRP’s security status, read here:

Garlinghouse Clashes with Venture Capitalist on XRP’s Security Status

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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.