The crypto community is extremely curious about what will happen to Ripple Labs and the token asset XRP, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently filed a lawsuit against Ripple and two executives. On December 25, the large cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp announced delisting XRP for U.S. customers, and a former SEC Commissioner thinks the lawsuit will invoke multi-billion losses to innocent third parties.
Luxembourg Crypto Exchange Drops XRP Support for US Customers: ‘Will Closely Follow the Unfolding Situation and Adapt Accordingly’
One of the most topical conversations in the crypto space, besides the all-time high prices, is the recent charges against Ripple Labs that were filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC said that the regulator “filed an action against Ripple Labs Inc. and two of its executives, who are also significant security holders, alleging that they raised over $1.3 billion through an unregistered, ongoing digital asset securities offering.”
Following the SEC charges, three exchanges (OSL, Crosstower, and Beaxy) decided to drop XRP support, alongside the fund Bitwise Asset Management. On December 25, 2020, the cryptocurrency exchange based in Luxembourg, Bitstamp, announced it would be halting XRP services for all U.S. customers on January 8, 2021. In a blog post about the subject Bitstamp said:
In light of the recent SEC filing against Ripple Labs Inc., which alleges that XRP is a security, we are going to halt all trading and deposits of XRP for our US customers on 8 January 2021 at 9 PM UTC. We will closely follow the unfolding situation and continue to adapt accordingly. Our U.S. customers will still be able to withdraw XRP from Bitstamp. Customers from other countries are not affected.