Ripple Gets Coinbase as Ally During Crucial Moment in Suit

  • Coinbase has filed an amicus brief in support of Ripple.
  • Aside from Coinbase, a host of crypto-supporting companies earlier filed their amicus brief.
  • Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse is expectant that the suit will have an outcome before the first half of 2023 ends.

Ripple has gained another major cryptocurrency-based firm as an ally amid a pivotal moment in its legal battle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Specifically, this firm is US-based cryptocurrency exchange giant Coinbase.

The tweet is from Paul Grewal, Coinbase’s Chief Legal Officer. According to Grewal, Coinbase has already filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief for Ripple. The document’s main point is that the SEC was in the wrong when it sued Ripple for allegedly selling XRP, which it deemed a security, when in fact there isn’t any clear regulation or law that states that cryptocurrencies are securities.

Grewal further emphasized:

“One of the fundamental due process protections guaranteed by our Constitution is that government agencies cannot condemn conduct as a violation of law without providing fair notice that the conduct is illegal.”

Now, Coinbase has joined a host of firms and organizations that support Ripple, which includes I-Remit, TapJets, and the Blockchain Association, among others. 

An amicus brief is a legal brief filed by people or organizations that are not part of the lawsuit, at least not directly, but have considerable interest in the outcome. The main objective of this brief is for the third party to hopefully assist the court to come up with a decision.

Ripple received overwhelming support from the crypto community with the amici briefs from early October. Given the trajectory of the lawsuit, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse stated recently that he expects the outcome before the first half of 2023 ends.

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