• Judge Torres’ ruling that XRP is not inherently a security has significantly influenced the FIT 21 bill, which clarifies that digital assets sold under investment contracts are not automatically considered securities.
  • Pro-XRP lawyer Bill Morgan emphasized that this alignment with Judge Torres’ decision is pivotal for the ongoing Ripple vs. SEC lawsuit and future crypto regulations.

The ongoing legal battle between Ripple and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has seen significant developments, with the recent comments from pro-XRP lawyer Bill Morgan bringing renewed focus on Judge Torres’ influential ruling. This ruling, which determined that XRP is not inherently a security, aligns closely with the provisions of the recently introduced FIT 21 bill.

FIT 21 Bill: A Step Towards Regulatory Clarity

The FIT 21 bill has emerged as a potential game-changer in the regulatory landscape for digital assets. Recently voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives, this bipartisan bill seeks to establish a clear and comprehensive framework for the regulation of digital assets. A crucial provision of the FIT 21 bill states that digital assets sold under investment contracts are not automatically considered securities. This aligns directly with Judge Torres’ ruling, which distinguished between XRP itself and its sale or offer to institutions, the latter potentially being classified as a security.

Bill Morgan recently highlighted Judge Torres’ influence on the FIT 21 bill by sharing an image on the X platform. He noted, “The Torres influence on FIT 21. XRP is not itself a security.” This statement echoes Judge Torres’ summary judgment in the Ripple vs. SEC lawsuit, which has been pivotal in shaping ongoing discussions about digital asset regulation.

Ripple Community’s Role in Shaping Legislation

The Ripple community, including legal experts and advocates, has played a significant role in pushing for clear regulatory guidelines for digital assets. CryptoLaw, founded by the Deaton Law Firm, credited the Ripple vs. SEC lawsuit and the persistent efforts of the XRP community for influencing the FIT 21 bill’s creation. According to a recent report from CryptoLaw, Judge Torres’ decision and the advocacy from the XRP community were instrumental in drafting the bill’s provisions. The section clarifying the treatment of digital assets sold under investment contracts reflects the legal arguments and conclusions from the Ripple case.

Despite the forward momentum, the SEC continues to challenge Ripple’s claims. Recently, the SEC filed a reply opposing Ripple’s request to seal and redact evidence related to remedies in the ongoing lawsuit. However, Morgan emphasized that the court’s decision, which found XRP is not a security, remains unchallenged by the SEC and will not be affected by the new legislation.

Morgan also addressed concerns about the FIT 21 bill’s non-retrospective nature. In a recent post, he clarified that the bill, which recently passed the US House, will not alter the court’s existing rulings regarding XRP’s legal status. His comments came in response to a post stating that under FIT 21, XRP would not be considered decentralized.

As the Ripple vs. SEC lawsuit continues to unfold, the FIT 21 bill represents a significant step towards regulatory clarity, with Judge Torres’ ruling and the Ripple community’s advocacy playing key roles in shaping its provisions.