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In a rather shocking development, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has demanded a $2 billion sanction against Ripple. Responding to the startling demands, Ripple’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Brad Garlinghouse has taken a firm stance against the agency’s demands, determined to expose the true nature of the SEC.

Ripple CEO Criticizes SEC’s Demands

Stuart Alderoty, the Chief Legal Officer (CLO) of Ripple recently disclosed in a post on X (formerly Twitter) that the US SEC has petitioned a Judge for $2 billion in fines and penalties against Ripple. According to the Ripple CLO, the SEC is in a relentless pursuit to “punish and intimidate Ripple,” rather than faithfully applying the law. 

Challenging the SEC’s $2 billion penalty, Garlinghouse emphasized that the agency has consistently operated beyond the bounds of law in various enforcement actions. He disclosed that Judges have also taken note of the SEC’s actions, previously admonishing the agency for its extensive abuse of power entrusted to it by Congress. 

The Ripple CEO also criticized the SEC’s penalty demand, arguing that it lacks precedent and justification, particularly given the absence of any allegations, findings of fraud or recklessness in the case. As a result, Garlinghouse has vowed to expose the SEC for its conduct, emphasizing that Ripple will vigorously respond to the SEC’s action. 

Notably, Alderoty has disclosed that the company’s legal team will be addressing the SEC’s demands in a filing scheduled for next month. Offering his perspective on the SEC, the Ripple CLO characterized the agency as one “that trades in statements that are false, mischaracterized and designed to mislead.”

SEC Actions Hurt XRP Holders The Most

In its lawsuit against Ripple, the US SEC accused the payment company of violating securities laws by selling XRP in unregistered securities offering to investors in the US. According to the agency, the company and its executives had allegedly failed to protect its investors, depriving them of adequate disclosures of XRP. 

However, members of the Ripple community argue that the SEC’s enforcement actions against Ripple have not protected investors but caused even deeper challenges and financial losses for XRP holders. 

A popular XRP enthusiast, identified as XRPCryptoWolf has asserted that it should be the SEC, not Ripple, paying billions to XRP holders. 

“The SEC asking for $2 billion in fines and penalties is ridiculous when they’re the ones who financially hurt XRP holders the most. The SEC owes XRP holders tens of billions of dollars,” he stated

The XRP community member disclosed that after the SEC announced its lawsuit against Ripple, approximately $15 billion was wiped out from XRP’s market capitalization, and the token was also delisted from major exchanges. As a result of the lawsuit’s significant impact on XRP’s value, millions of XRP holders experienced financial losses.