XRP is still awaiting a decision from the SEC regarding if it is a security. Ripple would prefer that XRP not be classified as a security and have equipped themselves with a former SEC chairwoman in preparation, but another lawsuit has been filed.
The third lawsuit claiming that XRP is a security has been filed by California resident David Oconer. Named as the defendants are Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse along with 25 others. Garlinghouse has been fighting the security label for months, consistently claiming that buying XRP is not equivalent to buying shares of the Ripple company. Garlinghouse has stressed that owning XRP does not give holders a stake in the company or pay any dividends.
The new lawsuit claims that Ripple sold the XRP token to fund its operations. The plaintiff also claims:
“Here, the XRP offered and sold by the defendants had all the traditional hallmarks of a security, yet defendants failed to register them as such. The purchase of XRP constitutes an investment contract, as XRP purchasers, including plaintiff, provided consideration (in the form of fiat, such as U.S. dollars, or other cryptocurrencies) in exchange for XRP. XRP purchasers reasonably expected to derive profits from their ownership of XRP, and defendants themselves have frequently highlighted this profit motive.”
The lawsuit goes on to explain that the companies move of putting 55 billion XRP in escrow was done to increase the valuation of XRP noting that after that move the price of XRP increased from $0.22 per token on December 7th, 2017 to $3.38 per token on January 7th, 2018.
— Brad Garlinghouse (@bgarlinghouse) 8. december 2017
Ripple is anxiously awaiting a decision but has geared up for its defense well. They are certainly not going to go down without a fight. As stated by their chief market strategist Cory Johnson, “We absolutely are not a security. We don’t meet the standards for what a security is based on the history of court law.”