Fintech

  • March 12, 2024

    Crypto Mixer Operator Found Guilty Of Money Laundering

    A Washington, D.C., jury on Tuesday found the operator of crypto mixing service Bitcoin Fog guilty of facilitating tens of millions of dollars in transactions linked to illicit activities on darknet marketplaces. 

  • March 12, 2024

    TransUnion Unit Pays $37M On Credit Card Data Misuse Claim

    TransUnion's data unit Argus Information & Advisory Services will pay $37 million to the federal government to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by allegedly misusing anonymized credit card data it obtained from banks under contracts with federal regulators over a decade-long period, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Paul Weiss' Digital Tech Chair On AI's Promises And Perils

    While generative artificial intelligence promises to increase access to justice and kill the billable hour, we don't know how to prevent it from unleashing misinformation and disinformation on the electorate, says Katherine Forrest, a former Manhattan federal judge who is now chair of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's digital technology group.

  • March 11, 2024

    Forex Firm Wants CFTC Sanctioned For 'Bad Faith' Behavior

    A foreign exchange firm accused by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of defrauding customers is calling on a New Jersey federal judge to sanction the agency for a "pattern of misconduct" that includes knowingly submitting false statements to the court and attempting to intrude on attorney-client privilege.

  • March 11, 2024

    Coinbase Asks 3rd Circ. To Force SEC To Set Rules For Crypto

    Crypto exchange Coinbase asked the Third Circuit on Monday to force the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to set rules of the road for digital assets in an opening brief that argued the agency failed to provide "a reasoned explanation" for why it denied an earlier request for crypto rulemaking.

  • March 11, 2024

    FDIC's Crypto Caution Has 'Significant Downsides,' Hill Says

    Travis Hill, vice chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said Monday that the agency's cautious attitude toward cryptocurrency needs more nuance and risks sending the wrong message to banks that they shouldn't even "bother trying" to get involved with anything crypto-related.

  • March 11, 2024

    Bitcoin Miner's Vendor Accused Of Taking $6.4M Computers

    A bitcoin mining company has launched a contract dispute involving the cost of electricity in Washington federal court against a vendor that hosted its computers, alleging the host refused to return equipment worth $6.4 million after it failed to supply enough power to the devices.

  • March 11, 2024

    3 Firms Seek To Lead, Combine Axos 'Bait And Switch' Cases

    Two consumers who separately sued Axos Bank over its handling of interest rates on savings deposit accounts offered through one of its online divisions have urged a California federal judge to consolidate their lawsuits and appoint three law firms representing them as interim co-lead counsel in the combined case.

  • March 08, 2024

    Trump 'An Existential Threat' To Rule Of Law, Attys Warn

    Former President Donald Trump represents an "existential threat" to democracy and the rule of law, legal experts said Friday at a conference on white collar crime in San Francisco.

  • March 08, 2024

    Visa, Mastercard's Standing Challenge Fails In Swipe Fee Case

    A New York federal judge in a newly unsealed order rejected Visa and Mastercard's bid for summary judgment that claimed that merchants suing the card companies over allegedly anticompetitive conduct lack standing to do so under U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • March 08, 2024

    DOJ Eyes FCPA For New Whistleblower Rewards Program

    U.S. Department of Justice officials on Friday signaled a renewed emphasis on fighting foreign corruption, saying its planned whistleblower rewards program should prove useful in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases against private companies, and warned companies against running afoul of new rules barring the sale of personal data to foreign adversaries of the U.S.

  • March 08, 2024

    SEC Crypto Target Can't Send Securities Query To 11th Circ.

    A Florida federal judge has declined to send the question of whether crypto transactions on public exchanges are securities to the Eleventh Circuit after rejecting a bid to toss a securities enforcement case against an alleged $37 million cryptocurrency pump-and-dump scheme.

  • March 08, 2024

    Fed Sharpens Threat Safeguard Rules For Payment Utilities

    The Federal Reserve said Friday that it has finalized expanded risk-management requirements aimed at hardening key providers of payments infrastructure against cybersecurity disruptions, extreme weather and other threats to their critical operations.  

  • March 08, 2024

    Kwok Judge Lets Gov't Keep $302M In Crypto For Restitution

    A New York federal judge has denied a request to return more than $300 million in assets to holders of cryptocurrrency issued by bankrupt Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's Himalaya Exchange, finding that the federal government has a continued interest in the property it seized.

  • March 08, 2024

    CFIUS Rules May Need Review Amid 'Exponential' Growth

    Foreign direct investment-related enforcement and penalty processes in the U.S. could use a review amid "exponential" growth in FDI regimes across the globe, greater awareness of national security risks, and increased U.S. outreach to foreign partners, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Friday. 

  • March 08, 2024

    New Headache For Binance As 2nd Circ. Revives Investor Suit

    The Second Circuit on Friday revived a proposed investor class action against the embattled crypto exchange Binance Holdings Ltd. and its founder, disagreeing with a lower court that ruled the customers had not alleged their transactions were conducted in the U.S.

  • March 07, 2024

    Judges Say Facing Threats And Vitriol Now Part Of The Job

    Federal judges spoke Thursday about the challenges of the profession in the 21st century, describing how they've either received threats or know of warnings against colleagues, with one jurist saying she received 11 death threats during her first three months on the bench.

  • March 07, 2024

    Deputy AG Unveils DOJ Whistleblower Rewards Pilot Program

    Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice will soon begin a pilot program to financially reward whistleblowers who alert prosecutors to significant corporate misconduct.

  • March 07, 2024

    New Big Tech 'Gatekeeper' Rules Go Live In Europe

    Apple, Google, Microsoft and other digital "gatekeepers" faced a deadline Thursday to implement changes required by Europe's expansive new regulations aiming to rein in the power of Big Tech through rules intended to promote competition and give consumers more choice.

  • March 07, 2024

    Crypto Founder's Extortion Suit Fails Yet Again

    The founder of a cryptocurrency token company cannot bring racketeering and trade secret claims against former consultants he alleges extorted him for millions of dollars and tried to ruin his company's reputation, an Illinois federal judge has ruled.

  • March 07, 2024

    Ex-SVB Counsel Farella Braun Seeks $49K In Unpaid Fees

    Farella Braun & Martel LLP, which previously represented Silicon Valley Bank's parent in a dispute over fraud coverage, has sued the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in a California federal court to extract nearly $49,000 in unpaid legal fees it says the agency must pay on behalf of the defunct lender.

  • March 07, 2024

    Robinhood Teams With Rich Paul, Klutch To Expand To Sports

    Robinhood is partnering with Klutch Sports Group to help it extend its reach into sports, entertainment and media, with Klutch founder and CEO Rich Paul as its strategic brand adviser, the financial investment app announced Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Banking Groups Sue CFPB Over Credit Card Late Fee Rule

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and bank trade groups sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Texas federal court on Thursday over its new rule to limit credit card late fees to $8, following through on a widely expected challenge to the potentially multibillion-dollar cut to industry revenues.

  • March 06, 2024

    Top Calif. Antitrust Atty Says Criminal Cases On The Horizon

    California is poised to start prosecuting criminal antitrust cases under a Golden State law that is "broader" than federal law, a senior assistant attorney general for the California Department of Justice said Wednesday at a San Francisco conference.

  • March 06, 2024

    Nvidia Wants High Court Review Of $1B Crypto Sales Suit

    Nvidia has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a Ninth Circuit decision partially resurrecting a suit accusing the technology company of understating more than $1 billion in sales to cryptocurrency miners, arguing that the justices are needed to clarify the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act's pleading requirements.

Expert Analysis

  • Securities Question Stands After Contradicting Crypto Rulings

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    The debate about the regulation of crypto-assets came to a head in 2023 when two New York federal judges came to opposite conclusions about whether crypto-assets were securities by using the Howey test, highlighting the uncertainty facing the crypto industry as it seeks to resolve definitional questions, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Compliance Risk After SEC Warning Against 'AI Washing'

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has begun looking into the way public companies disclose how they use artificial intelligence to investors and it is likely to become an enforcement priority, meaning companies and their compliance programs should take steps now to avoid regulatory sanctions and shareholder lawsuits, say attorneys at Bracewell.

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    Texas Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    Among the most noteworthy developments in the Texas banking sphere in the last quarter of 2023 were the Texas Department of Banking's extension of the state banking commissioner's authority, a recommendation to implement an updated ransomware self-assessment tool, and ongoing litigation in the state involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, says Patrick Hanchey at Alston & Bird.

  • SDNY Ruling Highlights Fed's Broad Master Account Power

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    In denying a Puerto Rican bank’s recent motion for injunction against the New York Fed, a New York federal court went beyond the specifics of the case in holding that financial institutions have no statutory right to a master account with a Federal Reserve bank, emphasizing the Fed’s unilateral discretion in these matters, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Cybersecurity Issues For Financial Industry To Track In 2024

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    In 2024 financial institutions will confront new federal, state and industry regulations around cybersecurity that require additional procedures, enhanced proactive security measures, and timely disclosure of security incidents, say Alex Koskey and Matt White at Baker Donelson.

  • Charting The Course For Digital Assets In 2024

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    Although 2023 was a tough year for the digital asset industry, upcoming court decisions, legislation and regulatory action will bring clarity, allowing the industry to expand and evolve, and the government will decide what innovation it will allow without challenge, says Joshua Smeltzer at Gray Reed.

  • What To Expect From The CFPB This Year

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    The potential for upheaval at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will be greater during an election year, and there are several opportunities and challenges ahead for the bureau in 2024, say Eric Mogilnicki and David Stein at Covington.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • What The 2023 Bank Failures Taught Us, And What's To Come

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    As 2023 draws to a close, it's apparent that the bank failures this past spring sparked a seismic shift in the regulatory and supervisory landscape for banking organizations, and the consequences are still continuing to be felt throughout the financial sector as we head into 2024, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How SEC And NY Cyber Reporting Rules Affect Key Industries

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    The new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and New York State Department of Financial Services cybersecurity disclosure requirements, and their competing obligations, reveal the increasing complexity for organizations evaluating and reacting to cybersecurity incidents — particularly those in the healthcare and financial services industries, say attorneys at Manatt.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

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