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Ripple CTO Reacts as Court Docs Allege Ripple Paid 6 Exchanges $1-5M to List XRP


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Ripple CTO David Schwartz has responded to allegations from released court documents claiming that Ripple paid six exchanges $1-5M to list XRP.

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Recently-released court documents in the Ripple vs. SEC case allege that Ripple paid six exchanges $1 million to $5 million to have the platforms list XRP. David Schwartz, Ripple’s CTO, has responded to these claims, seeking to provide clarification on the matter.

Allegations of Payment

Schwartz’s clarification came on the back of a thread from Scam Detective, an anonymous self-acclaimed sleuth. Recall that The Crypto Basic highlighted Exhibit 220 in the recently-released court documents claiming that there are reasonable grounds to conclude that XRP does not pass the Howey test.

Several proponents concluded that it would be “game over” for the SEC if this came from the agency itself. However, a former SEC attorney, Marc Fagel, confirmed that the agency did not write the document. In his recent tweets, Scam Detective also noted this. However, he further asserted that a law firm wrote the document for Grayscale Investments. 

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Scam Detective mentioned that one of the grounds used by the law firm to determine that XRP is not a security is that Ripple did not arrange for XRP trading in the secondary market. However, new discoveries claimed that Ripple paid six exchanges between $1 million and $5 million in 2017 to have them list XRP.

Ripple v SEC Court Doc
Ripple vs SEC

Scam Detective concluded that these allegations led to the dissolution of the Grayscale XRP Investment Trust in January 2021. The allegations also claim that Ripple targeted Coinbase for years to list XRP.

Ripple CTO Responds

In response, Schwartz shed light on the complexity of the situation. He emphasized that the presented claims are mere allegations and that the actual facts are complicated.

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Using a hypothetical scenario, Schwartz explained the possible dynamics behind such allegations. He explained that an exchange might demand a substantial fee to list XRP, which Ripple may choose not to pay initially.

However, if Ripple later identifies an opportunity to establish a valuable payment integration with that exchange, the company could make a payment for the integration costs, allowing them to use the exchange for ODL purposes and necessitating XRP’s listing on the platform.

However, this payment would be intended to facilitate Ripple’s broader goal of expanding its On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) service rather than solely to list XRP.

Schwartz clarified that this is only a hypothetical situation. He emphasized that litigating parties tend to present allegations in the worst possible light without contradicting the facts. He cautioned against treating these allegations as facts and stressed the need for a fair evaluation.

Recall that the allegations that Ripple paid exchanges such as Coinbase to list XRP had surfaced in the past. Notably, Scam Detective asked Schwartz last month how much Ripple paid Coinbase to list XRP, reigniting age-old allegations that sprang up in a Bloomberg article in 2018.

“The story of Coinbase listing XRP is the only story I most wish I could tell that I can’t,” Schwartz replied at the time.

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