The mystery behind the two sealed memos in the SEC vs Ripple lawsuit has finally been revealed. These are the legal memos that Ripple Labs Inc. received about XRP tokens ten years ago. However, the documents suggest that Ripple made an effort to prevent XRP from being legally considered a security.

What’s behind the sealed memo?

The SEC has claimed that Ripple and its members sold the virtual tokens without registering with the agency and profited about $600 million. The two memos of different dates contain the advice Perkins Coie LLP has received to Ripple about the nature of the coin.

Memo received in February 2012 from Perkins Coie LLP attorneys to Ripple advised the company not to sell the proposed token as various terms may be subject to regulation as securities or commodities by the commission.

While the second memo received in October 2012, suggested that XRP should not be considered a security under federal law.

Here are some key recommendations from the second memo:

Ripple Credits can become a commodity. If people develop contracts for future delivery of Ripple Credits, they will likely be considered commodities under the Commodities Exchange Act. Futures contracts for Ripple Credits, if developed, will be subject to regulation and enforcement by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Coins are unlikely to be regulated under counterfeiting laws. Although commonly referred to as an alternative or crypto currency, coins are unlikely to be regulated under the federal laws governing the issuance of coins. Coins are not metal coins or bars, and we understand that they are not designed to be confused with United States currency or any other carriage. These features reduce the risk of coins violating anti-counterfeiting and other currency laws

Ripple General Counsel Stuart Alderoty said in a statement that “the documents show a ‘compelling’ legal analysis Ripple received in 2012 that XRP is not a security.” Meanwhile, former federal prosecutor James K Filan has called the disclosure of the memos beneficial to Ripple.


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