In a landmark crypto-currency litigation case pending earlier than the US District Court docket within the Southern District of New York, the Securities and Alternate Fee (“SEC”) introduced an motion towards Ripple Labs, Inc. and its officers (“Ripple”). The crux of the SEC’s grievance is that Ripple bought unregistered securities – XRP – a digital forex designed and engineered to be a “native forex” of the XRP Ledger, which purports to settle transactions in “3 to five seconds” in response to Ripple. There are roughly 100 billion XRP in circulation with Ripple proudly owning 50.2% and 49.8 billion held by outdoors traders. Most lately, the SEC and Ripple filed Motions for Abstract Judgment as to the dedication of whether or not XRP is a safety that falls inside the ambit of the registration and disclosure necessities of the 1933 Securities Act. The core arguments heart across the seminal check espoused in SEC v. W.J. Howey Co. (a case that’s remarkably over 75 years previous) as as to if XRP is a safety, or not. The Howey check is comprised of three components: “an funding of cash in a typical enterprise with income to return solely from the efforts of others.” For its half, Ripple has argued that XRP isn’t a safety topic to registration or disclosure.