In a significant development in the cryptocurrency world, Ripple, the company behind the digital asset XRP, witnessed a favourable ruling in its ongoing legal battle with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), resulting in a considerable surge in cryptocurrency prices .

The SEC had previously sued Ripple and its top executives for seven years of distributions of the cryptocurrency XRP which the agency labelled as illegal unregistered securities trades. In this heated legal dispute, Ripple strongly disputed the allegations, arguing that the SEC allowed billions of XRP tokens to circulate freely on global cryptocurrency exchanges for seven years without making such a determination.

Last year, SEC’s case against Ripple drew a tremendous amount of attention, provoking wider debates about regulatory overreach against innovation. The filing occurred just hours before SEC Chairman Jay Clayton’s departure, which further added to the controversy.

However, a recent ruling by New York District Court judge Sarah Netburn allowed former SEC director of corporation finance, Bill Hinman, to be questioned by Ripple. Judge Netburn highlighted that the case is not a standard SEC enforcement scenario, but one that entails substantial policy decisions in the market, carrying both immense controversy and public interest.

Investors interpreted this development favorably, contributing to a significant uptick in crypto prices. Although the legal dispute is not yet resolved, this ruling is seen as a positive step towards Ripple’s fight against the SEC’s charges.

Ripple’s ongoing battle has influenced the XRP price notably. The digital asset’s price had crashed 70% from its peak of almost $2 in April 2023. Despite the downward trading pattern, XRP remains up around 160% since the start of the year.

This case’s resolution is pivotal to the cryptocurrency sector as it will likely establish a precedent for how digital assets are classified and regulated. The court’s decision will either affirm the SEC’s authority to regulate digital assets like XRP or challenge it, potentially prompting changes in future regulatory approaches.