Fintech

  • February 26, 2024

    BofA Battle Will Test Preemption's Reach At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court is set Tuesday to consider whether federal law exempts national banks from state-level escrow interest requirements, a case whose technical-sounding focus belies its hefty implications for the balance of federal and state regulatory power over many of the nation's big banks.

  • February 26, 2024

    NIST Widens Cybersecurity Framework To Cover All Industries

    The U.S. Department of Commerce agency that developed a landmark cybersecurity framework for critical infrastructure operators announced Monday that it had finalized a long-anticipated update, aimed at helping all industry sectors and organizations, to a voluntary tool to better manage cyber risks.

  • February 26, 2024

    Genesis Creditors, Owners Allege Cash Grab At Plan Hearing

    Customers and the equity owners of cryptocurrency lender Genesis on Monday accused each other of trying to rob them of assets they deserve, as the debtor began a confirmation hearing for its Chapter 11 plan in New York bankruptcy court.

  • February 26, 2024

    FDIC Faces Staffing Crunch Amid Rising Turnover, IG Warns

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is struggling to hire enough new employees to keep up with retirements and departures, especially in its examinations department, according to a report from the independent agency's inspector general.

  • February 26, 2024

    CFTC Insists Agency Has Authority To Ban Election Gambling

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission told a D.C. federal judge on Monday that barring an online trading platform from offering election betting was within its power as a federal agency, and is also in the public interest.

  • February 26, 2024

    MetaBirkins NFT Maker Tells 2nd Circ. 'Artwork' Is Protected

    The creator of the MetaBirkins non-fungible token collection has told the Second Circuit that his use of the iconic Hermès bag's name and likeness was relevant to his artwork but said the New York court misapplied the test of whether it was protected speech when it found that the digital assets infringed on the fashion house's trademarks.

  • February 26, 2024

    Albright Pauses DOE's Crypto Mining Survey, For Now

    A Texas federal judge has temporarily barred the U.S. Department of Energy from requiring crypto mining firms to provide data on their electricity usage after a lawsuit from a Texas industry group and a bitcoin mining firm accused the government of skirting the process to approve the survey.

  • February 26, 2024

    'Pig Butchering' Victim Slaps Binance, Ex-CEO With RICO Suit

    Binance and the cryptocurrency exchange's former CEO let criminal syndicates run fraud schemes through its platform by flouting laws against money laundering and money transmitting, according to an $8.1 million civil racketeering suit filed in Boston federal court.

  • February 26, 2024

    1st Circ. Rejects Crypto Founder's Hollow Fraud Appeal

    A cryptocurrency founder convicted of fraud hitched his appeal to "inapplicable precedent" and failed to muster an argument why a judge's blocking of testimony from government witnesses deprived his defense of material and favorable evidence, the First Circuit said in upholding the guilty verdict.

  • February 24, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Social Media Laws & Bump Stocks

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments related to three big-ticket cases this week in a pair of First Amendment challenges to Florida and Texas laws prohibiting social media platforms from removing content or users based on their viewpoints and a dispute over the federal government's authority to ban bump stocks.

  • February 23, 2024

    CFPB Subjects Lender To Supervision In 1st Oversight Flex

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Friday that it has decided to require supervision for one of the nation's largest personal installment lenders, a move that marks the first time the agency has flexed its special risk-based oversight power over a company's objections.

  • February 23, 2024

    Russia Assets Seen As Key To Tipping The Scales For Ukraine

    The 500-plus sanctions the U.S. added against Russia and its enablers Friday will continue to make the Kremlin's war more costly, but experts say the key to a real sea change in Ukraine is giving it Russia's seized assets abroad.

  • February 23, 2024

    FTC Rips H&R Block's 'Deceptive' Marketing, 'Coercive' Ploys

    The Federal Trade Commission filed an administrative complaint against H&R Block claiming the tax preparation company deceptively marketed some products as "free" and "coerced" people to pay for pricier products, the government agency announced Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    Heartland Payment Fights Cert. Bid In School Lunch Card Suit

    Payment processor Heartland Payment Systems LLC has asked a Florida federal judge to deny class certification to Heartland customers alleging the company hit them with unfair surcharges when they loaded lunch money onto school-sponsored payment cards used by their kids.

  • February 23, 2024

    Crypto Org, Bitcoin Miner Sue DOE Over Electricity Survey

    A Texas cryptocurrency industry association and a crypto-mining company have sued the U.S. Department of Energy in an attempt to block its plans to solicit mining companies' information about electricity consumption, alleging the department shirked the proper statutory process to collect the data.

  • February 23, 2024

    SVB's Cayman Unit Loses Ch. 15 Bid In NY

    A bankruptcy judge in New York has dismissed a petition from the Cayman Islands branch of Silicon Valley Bank that sought U.S. recognition of its Cayman insolvency proceedings, finding that it is not eligible to file a Chapter 15 petition.

  • February 23, 2024

    Kraken Wants SEC Suit Tossed, Says Tokens Aren't Securities

    Crypto exchange Kraken on Friday urged a California federal judge to permanently toss claims it failed to register its platform with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission since the regulator has not shown that the tokens on its platform are investment contracts.

  • February 23, 2024

    FDIC Slaps Small Tenn. Bank With Fintech Oversight Order

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday announced a consent order with a small Tennessee bank that stresses the risks of the bank's relationships with third-party fintech companies.

  • February 23, 2024

    FTX Settles $324M Ch. 11 Suit Over European Deal For $33M

    Bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd. has asked a Delaware court to approve a plan to resolve a $323.5 million clawback action aimed at the co-founders of its European unit by selling the subsidiary back to the executives for $32.7 million.

  • February 23, 2024

    Binance Judge Says Greed Overtook Ethics, OKs $4.3B Plea

    A Washington federal judge signed off Friday on Binance's $4.3 billion plea deal on money laundering and bank fraud charges, saying from the bench that the cryptocurrency exchange's ethics violations could not be explained away by mere ignorance. 

  • February 23, 2024

    Feds' Crypto Focus Is No Longer On 'Whack-A-Mole' Cases

    The U.S. Department of Justice is no longer playing "whack-a-mole" in its crypto cases, and instead is taking on large-scale actors in the hopes of encouraging industrywide compliance, veteran crypto-focused prosecutors with the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office said Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    OCC Names Acting Chief Counsel As Top Lawyer Nears Exit

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Friday that its chief counsel will soon depart, creating a vacancy that will be filled temporarily by an agency veteran until a permanent replacement is lined up.

  • February 23, 2024

    US Hits Russia With Largest Sanctions Since Ukraine Invasion

    The U.S. announced over 500 new sanctions on Russia Friday following the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, marking the largest number of sanctions since Moscow invaded Ukraine two years ago.

  • February 22, 2024

    Mastercard Faces Monopolization Claims Over Digital Tokens

    Mastercard has been stonewalling digital wallet startup OV Loop, refusing to provide needed tokens and thereby excluding OV Loop from the mobile payment services market, all part of Mastercard's effort to maintain its chokehold on payment processing and continue to charge supracompetitive fees on transactions, according to a suit filed Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2024

    BofA Card Holders Fight Uphill To Save Interest Charge Suit

    A California federal judge appeared inclined to toss a proposed class action claiming Bank of America illegally imposes excessive interest charges on variable-rate credit card holders, asking during a hearing Thursday if the plaintiff's counsel could "bolster" the complaint if the bank's motion to dismiss were granted.

Expert Analysis

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    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Steps For Companies New To Sanctions Compliance

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    Businesses newly required to implement compliance programs due to the increased breadth of mandatory sanctions and export controls, including 500 additional Russia sanctions announced last Friday, should closely follow the guidance issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other regulators, say Jennifer Schubert and Megan Church at MoloLamken.

  • Bank Secrecy Act Lessons For Casinos After DOJ Settlements

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's recent settlements with the MGM Grand and Cosmopolitan casinos, resolving an investigation into alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, signal a shift in the DOJ's enforcement focus and provide insight into potential pitfalls in anti-money laundering compliance programs, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • What To Know About OCC Proposals For Bank Merger Review

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    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's proposed changes to the agency's bank merger review process could exacerbate industry concerns with long and unpredictable processing periods because the proposal is ambiguous with respect to how the OCC will view certain transactions, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Del. Ruling Stands Out In Thorny Noncompete Landscape

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    In Cantor Fitzgerald v. Ainslie, the Delaware Supreme Court last month upheld the enforceability of forfeiture-for-competition provisions in limited partnership agreements, providing a noteworthy opinion amid a time of increasing disfavor toward noncompetes and following a string of Chancery Court rulings deeming them unreasonable, say Margaret Butler and Steven Goldberg at BakerHostetler.

  • SEC Regs Give Banks Chance To Step Up Cyber Safety Game

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    Just as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act forced financial institutions to undertake best practices in recordkeeping, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently effective cybersecurity regulations stand to similarly drive those same enterprises to seek out and implement best practices in cybersecurity, to everyone's benefit, says James Gerber at SimSpace.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Predicting DeFi Regulations At Home And Abroad In 2024

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    Though decentralized finance has advocates on both sides of the Atlantic in figures like U.S. SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, DeFi in 2024 seems likely to be folded into existing regulatory frameworks in the U.K. and EU, while anti-crypto scrutiny may discourage DeFi’s growth in the U.S., say Daniel Csefalvay and Eric Martin at BCLP.

  • Understanding SEC's Focus Amid Lack Of Final AI Rules

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    Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules to govern artificial intelligence are likely far from being finalized, understanding existing regulatory provisions that could address AI risks with respect to development, disclosure, compliance and data protection could help firms anticipate and avoid pitfalls, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • How High Court SEC Case Could Affect The ITC

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy will likely spare the U.S. International Trade Commission from major operative changes, the ITC’s ability to issue penalties for violations of its orders may change, say Gwendolyn Tawresey and Ryan Deck at Troutman Pepper.

  • CFPB Overdraft Rule Could Mean Big Shift In Banking Biz

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed "to close a longstanding loophole" in the Truth in Lending Act by changing how it regulates overdraft fees, but underneath the headline-grabbing proposal is a foundational shift in how the bureau views overdraft services, say attorneys at Katten.

  • Open Questions After Elastos Crypto Class Action Settlement

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    The recent settlement in Owen v. Elastos Foundation resolving a class action fight over whether Elastos was required to register an initial coin offering with U.S. regulators has raised several questions that may be of interest to lawyers litigating cryptocurrency-related cases, including whether a crypto token constitutes a security under U.S. law, says Bradley Simon at Schlam Stone.

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    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • Implications For Digital Assets After SEC Settlement With DAO

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's December settlement with BarnBridge — finding that the decentralized autonomous organization's products were securities under federal law — foreshadows increased enforcement attention on digital assets, and reveals arguments the SEC may use in similar disputes with decentralized finance protocols, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

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