U.S. Court Allows Lawsuit Alleging XPR Unregistered Security to Proceed

U.S Court Allows Lawsuit Alleging XPR Unregistered Security to Proceed

A U.S. court has decided today to allow a lawsuit alleging that Ripple has breached the securities laws to move forward.

On Wednesday, Phyllis Hamilton, judge at Northern District Court of California, ruled that XRP traders can proceed with their putative lawsuit.

In addition, the judge said the lawsuit could include the claims submitted under the federal law. However, it rejected some claims filed under California law.

In an amended complaint, she said, plaintiffs may re-submit some of the claims under California Law within 28 days.

Thus, the judgment followed a hearing held in mid-January between the plaintiff, which comprises Bradley Sostack, and the defendant, which includes Ripple, as well as its XRP II affiliate, and Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse.

It seems that the judge was convinced of Ripple’s argument that the plaintiffs have filed their complaint after the legal deadline. However, she did not prevent the suit from moving forward, indicating that it comes under the federal law.

Hamilton said:

“Based on plaintiff’s complaint and the judicially noticeable facts proffered, the court cannot conclude that defendants’ first bona fide public offer to sell XRP occurred before August 5, 2016.”

How about XRP’s future?

Ripple’s motion submitted in September to turn down the lawsuit failed to address the securities aspect of XRP. Attorney Jake Chervinsky said:

“They make twelve separate arguments for dismissal of the plaintiff’s claims. Not a single one squarely addresses whether XRP is an unregistered security.”

The company’s dismissal motion reads:

“Were Plaintiff allowed to belatedly challenge the classification of XRP, it would not only threaten to eliminate XRP’s utility as a currency, but it would upend and threaten to destroy the established XRP market more broadly […] potentially wiping out the value held by the alleged thousands of individual XRP holders around the world.”

Earlier, Cryptolydian reported that Garlinghouse seeks to ensure bankers about crypto industry and its bright future.

Over the last 24 hours, XPR rose 0.36 percent to $0.2412.

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Rabea Maguid is a journalist completely obsessed with crypto industry. He holds B.A. from Al-Azhar University, and has a background in journalism and economics. Rabea Maguid likes to think about the future in a positive way, and sees blockchain as a potential driver of deep societal change.