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Rug Radio Recap - July 16, 2023

After a years long legal battle, Ripple scored a partial win against the SEC as judge rules that the XRP token is not a security.

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gm fam! We got a little taste of bull market vibes this past week with the XRP ruling sending crypto prices soaring and a few high value CryptoPunk and Bored Ape Yacht Club sales. Is this just another short-lived run or could it be early signs of an upcoming bull run?

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Here's what we've got in this week's recap...

  • Rug Radio Updates🎙️

  • XRP ruling and a win for crypto⭐️

  • Google Play opens app store to NFTs📱

Graphic showing the holdings across Rug Radio treasury, team, and NFT wallets as of July 15

Holdings as of July 15.


Rug Radio Updates


This week's featured artist is Cat Russell, an Appalachian collage artist focused heavily in the web3 space with a high interest in coupling emerging tech with analog practices.

Abandoned Ramparts is a unique format in contrast to his physical collages, and was created with a combination of tagboard paper and pen work.


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Stores of the Week

XRP Ruling

Ripple Labs, blockchain and developer and creator or XRP, struck a partial yet big win in it’s 3.5+ year battle with the SEC that could influence ongoing and future crypto legal battles.

On December 22, 2020, the SEC charged Ripple Labs with raising $1.3 billion through the unregistered sale of securities and the two have been in a contentious legal battle ever since.

In a split decision ruling on Thursday, district judge Analisa Torres made two rulings that were a partial win for both Ripple and the SEC…

Ripple win: The XRP token is not a security and the programmatic sales of the token on exchanges isn’t a securities offering.

A sentence from the XRP ruling that says: Therefore, having considered the economic reality and totality of circumstances surrounding the Institutional Sales, the Court concludes that Ripple’s Institutional Sales of XRP constituted the unregistered offer and sale of investment contracts in violation of Section 5 of the Securities Act.15

US District Court S.D. New York

SEC win: The judge ruled that Ripple still violated securities laws in it’s offerings to institutional investors, such as Banks and VCs, citing the 3rd rule of the Howey Test and that these investors had an expectation of profit.

A sentence from the XRP ruling that says: Based on the totality of circumstances, the Court finds that reasonable investors, situated in the position of the Institutional Buyers, would have purchased XRP with the expectation that they would derive profits from Ripple’s efforts.

US District Court S.D. New York

The initial news of this ruling sparked a broad crypto rally with XRP jumping 102% from $0.47 to $0.95 and exchanges like Coinbase to relist XRP for trading on the platform.

While this ruling is a step closer to regulatory clarity, it’s important to keep in mind that this judgment may be appealed by the SEC. Additionally, it’s too early to determine whether this could set a precedent for other cases such as the ongoing battles between the SEC and Coinbase/Binance for similar accusations. Positive news, but we’re not out of the woods yet.




Market Summary
Graphic showing the crypto prices and changes with Bitcoin at $30,282, Ethereum at $1,930, Solana at $27.47, and Ripple at $0.71

Prices as of 8pm ET on July 15.


  • With crypto rallying on the XRP ruling and a general sentiment shift away from PFP projects, there was a significant drop in volumes with art focused projects like Chromie Squiggles and Fidenzas jumping into the top 10.

  • CryptoPunks saw a couple of large sales including a zombie punk for 550 ETH ($1.06M USD) and a hoodie punk for 225 ETH ($435K USD)

  • The XRP ruling sent crypto soaring, especially in altcoins like Solana and Ripple while bluechip cryptos like Bitcoin and Ethereum gave up most of their gains.


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