What to Expect in the SEC vs. Ripple Remedies Brief Battle

The SEC and Ripple inch closer to a crucial phase in their lawsuit as deadlines for key legal briefs loom.

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  • The upcoming court filings will determine the penalties Ripple faces, if any, for allegedly violating securities laws.
  • The SEC will argue that Ripple’s institutional sales contracts prove their XRP sales were unregistered securities.
  • Experts have predicted a lengthy legal process with the potential for additional briefs beyond this stage.

The long-running legal battle between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Ripple Labs is on the cusp of a critical juncture. With crucial deadlines for filing legal briefs fast approaching, both parties are gearing up for a pivotal phase in the ongoing litigation.

Remedies Phase Heats Up with New Briefing Schedule

The SEC is set to submit its opening brief on March 22nd, officially kicking off this decisive stage of the lawsuit. Ripple will have until April 22nd to file its opposition brief, followed by a May 6th deadline for the SEC’s potential reply brief. 

These adjusted deadlines, established by former Federal Prosecutor James Filan, stem from the SEC’s request for a one-week extension to accommodate “good cause.” 


Judge Analisa Torres granted the extension to ensure fairness and prevent prejudice in the proceedings. The focus of this upcoming remedies briefing phase revolves around specific documents procured by the SEC during the discovery stage, particularly those related to institutional sales contracts made by Ripple after the lawsuit was filed. 

The SEC is expected to leverage these documents to bolster its arguments seeking remedies for Ripple’s alleged violation of securities laws. The Commission will likely pursue a monetary penalty and an injunction to restrict Ripple from further institutional sales deemed to violate securities regulations. 

Ripple Gears Up to Fight SEC Fines

Ripple, on the other hand, is prepared to counter the SEC’s claims, particularly regarding the classification of its transactions. The company will likely argue that its On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) transactions do not constitute securities, directly challenging the SEC’s core argument. 


Additionally, Ripple may contest the proposed fine amount and the specific remedies sought by the Commission. Legal experts foresee a complex and potentially lengthy legal process, with the possibility of further brief filings beyond the immediate remedies stage. 

John Deaton, a well-known advocate for XRP, suggests that a final judgment may not be reached until late summer at the earliest. The potential for appeals from either party following the judgment adds another layer of complexity and uncertainty to the case’s timeline.

On the Flipside

  • The focus on post-lawsuit contracts might not reflect the entirety of Ripple’s XRP sales history, potentially weakening the SEC’s case.
  • Despite approaching a critical stage, there remains a possibility of a settlement being reached before a final judgment.

Why This Matters

With key deadlines looming and contentious issues at the center of the case, the future trajectory of the litigation remains uncertain. Both parties are now poised to present their arguments and counterarguments, and the resolution of this high-profile case will undoubtedly continue to draw significant attention from the cryptocurrency community and beyond.

To learn more about the ongoing lawsuit between Ripple and the SEC, and the SEC’s role in regulating cryptocurrencies, read here:

Ripple CLO Draws on Judge’s Criticism of SEC’s “Vague” Rules

To learn more about the lawsuit against Craig Wright for claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, read here:

Ripple CTO Adds Fuel to Doubts over Wright’s Satoshi Claim

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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.