Ripple CEO States SEC Will Lose Against ETH, Just Like with XRP

The SEC’s view on Ethereum as a security draws criticism from Ripple CEO and industry leaders advocating for innovation-friendly regulations.

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  • Ripple’s CEO and Coinbase’s CLO have criticized the SEC’s aggressive stance towards Ethereum.
  • The SEC has been looking to classify Ethereum as a security, a move that would tighten regulations.
  • There has been a disagreement between the SEC and other regulatory bodies like the CFTC on handling crypto.

The relationship between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the cryptocurrency industry has come under renewed scrutiny following comments from Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse

Industry Leaders Back Ethereum

Garlinghouse took to social media platform X to express his belief that the SEC is likely to lose its ongoing legal battle against Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency. This statement comes amidst reports of the SEC’s increasingly aggressive stance towards Ethereum. 

The regulatory body has reportedly launched an effort to classify Ethereum as a security, a move that would subject it to stricter regulations. The Ethereum Foundation, the non-profit organization overseeing Ethereum’s development, is also facing scrutiny from the SEC.


However, Garlinghouse isn’t the only critic of the SEC’s approach. Industry leaders like Paul Grewal, Chief Legal Officer at cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, have spoken out against the misinformation surrounding Ethereum’s classification as a security. 

Grewal emphasizes Ethereum’s vital role within the crypto economy and highlights the inconsistencies in the SEC’s proposed regulations. Adding another layer of complexity, the SEC appears to be clashing with other regulatory bodies, such as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). 

This creates confusion and uncertainty within the regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies. Additionally, recent letters from U.S. senators urging the SEC to limit cryptocurrency Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) suggest a potential political motive behind the SEC’s actions.

Is the SEC Stifling Crypto Progress?

The ongoing conflict underscores the fundamental differences in perspective between the SEC and the crypto industry. The industry desires regulations that foster innovation and growth while ensuring investor protection. 


Ripple’s Chief Legal Officer, Stuart Alderoty, has even called for Congress to halt funding for the SEC’s current approach, deeming it ineffective. The legal battles between the SEC and crypto companies like Ripple are far from over. 

The outcome of these disputes will have a significant impact on the future regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies in the United States. As the situation unfolds, it’s clear that a clear and consistent approach to digital currency classification and regulation is needed to navigate this evolving technological landscape.

On the Flipside

  • Ethereum’s switch to a proof-of-stake model could strengthen the argument for classifying it as a security, as staking rewards could be seen as akin to dividends.
  • The CFTC’s classification of Ethereum futures as a commodity contradicts the SEC’s security stance, creating confusion for businesses.

Why This Matters

Industry leaders are uniting against the SEC’s aggressive stance towards Ethereum, fearing stricter regulations could stifle innovation, create market confusion due to conflicting regulatory bodies, and potentially be politically motivated. This battle for Ethereum’s classification as a security could set a precedent for the entire cryptocurrency industry.

To learn more about the regulatory hurdles surrounding Ether ETFs in the US, read here:

Coinbase CEO Demands Ether ETF Approval: “Follow the Law”

To learn more about why XRP was not included by Coinbase for futures trading, read here:

Coinbase Snubs XRP for Futures Trading: Why Was It Left Out?

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

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.