Fintech

  • April 04, 2024

    Crypto Co. Fined $700,000 For Duping Investors Into 'AI' Trading

    The owner of an unlicensed cryptocurrency investment firm wooed a cancer patient and other investors with promises of AI-driven trading, only to use their funds for rent payments and other personal expenses, Connecticut regulators said Wednesday in ordering a $700,000 fine.

  • April 04, 2024

    SEC Fines Adviser Senvest $6.5M In Texting Probe Case

    Investment adviser Senvest Management LLC has agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $6.5 million for its failure to hold on to certain electronic communications, the SEC said, expanding the list of settlements the agency has secured with firms in recent months over off-channel texting violations.

  • April 04, 2024

    Divided PTAB Invalidates RFID Claim It Previously Upheld

    A Patent Trial and Appeal Board panel has invalidated part of an AmaTech Group Ltd. smart card patent on rehearing, finding fault in its earlier decision to uphold the claim across two opinions and a dissent. 

  • April 04, 2024

    BitMEX Can't Ax Investor Suit After 2nd Circ.'s Binance Ruling

    A New York federal judge has refused to toss a proposed class action accusing cryptocurrency platform BitMEX and its executives of using their "God access" to customer accounts to manipulate trades and liquidate the accounts, finding that under the Second Circuit's recent Binance ruling, the transactions occurred in the U.S.

  • April 03, 2024

    CFPB's Overdraft Plan Is Unlawful Price Control, Banks Say

    A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposal to curb overdraft fees at large banks is encountering stiff resistance from leading bank industry groups, which say the measure would amount to a backdoor usury cap and potentially unconstitutional price control.

  • April 03, 2024

    Winning Foreign Patent Damages Just Became A Lighter Lift

    The Federal Circuit has clarified that patent owners can ask for reasonable royalties when pursuing damages for foreign infringement and expanded what constitutes eligible infringement in those instances, a ruling attorneys say should make it easier to recover damages from abroad.

  • April 03, 2024

    OneCoin Atty Gets 4 Years For Role In $4B Crypto Fraud

    The former head of legal and compliance at OneCoin on Wednesday was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in the $4 billion cryptocurrency scheme that defrauded millions of investors around the world.

  • April 03, 2024

    SEC Atty Says Macquarie 'Overstated' High Court Case

    A leading attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Macquarie Infrastructure Corp. investor would be unlikely to open the "floodgates" to private disclosure litigation, as the company claims, reminding a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday that the agency is backing the investor before the high court.

  • April 03, 2024

    FIS Didn't Lie To Itself About Short-Lived Merger, Execs Say

    Fidelity National's top brass recently urged a Florida federal court to toss an investor's lawsuit over a $46 billion market cap drop resulting from spinning off a payment business it had acquired a few years prior, arguing the company can't "be deceived by its own statements," which a pension fund alleged artificially inflated share prices.

  • April 03, 2024

    Colo. Law Doesn't Account For Risky Borrowers, Court Told

    A trio of financial industry trade groups have asked a Colorado federal judge to block a state measure to rein in high-cost lending, arguing Tuesday that the law would make it "economically impracticable" for the groups' state-chartered bank members to offer certain credit products to risky borrowers and consumers in general.

  • April 03, 2024

    SEC Investigators Say Attys Harm Clients By 'Behaving Badly'

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff warned attorneys at a Washington, D.C., conference Wednesday that delaying regulatory investigations destroys their credibility and could potentially harm their clients' chances of striking a favorable deal as the agency's Enforcement Division pushes for more cooperation from targeted businesses and individuals.

  • April 03, 2024

    Kirkland Lands Former SEC Enforcement Leader In Dallas

    A former leader in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's regional office in Fort Worth, Texas, has moved to Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Dallas office, the firm announced on Wednesday, strengthening Kirkland's government, regulatory and internal investigations practice group.

  • April 03, 2024

    UK Regulators Propose Special Regime For Digital Securities

    Britain's finance regulators proposed on Wednesday a special regulatory regime to allow firms to use new technology to issue, trade and settle digital shares and bonds, a move they hope will boost the country's global competitiveness.

  • April 02, 2024

    Crypto Co. Beats RICO But Not Fraud Claim Over $186M Hack

    A Delaware federal judge has significantly trimmed a proposed class action accusing companies behind a blockchain system that enabled users to transfer crypto of running an illegal money-transmitting business and misrepresenting the system's security measures before a $186 million hack, saying the suit's racketeering, negligence and conversion claims all fail.

  • April 02, 2024

    SEC Republicans Criticize 'Punishing' Rulemaking Agenda

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler opened an annual agency conference Tuesday by defending efforts to write new regulations addressing the changing U.S. capital markets, while his Republican colleagues called on the commission to pare back a "punishing" rulemaking agenda that has included a controversial rule governing climate change disclosures.

  • April 02, 2024

    5th Circ. Extends Transfer Stay In CFPB Late-Fee Rule Suit

    The Fifth Circuit said Tuesday that it would hold on at least a few days longer to a bank industry-backed lawsuit challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's $8 credit card late fee standard, extending a stay of a Texas federal judge's decision to send the case to D.C. federal court.

  • April 02, 2024

    Feds Seek 4 Years For Ex-Amazon Coder In Novel Crypto Case

    Prosecutors have told a Manhattan federal judge that a former Amazon coder convicted on charges of hacking a "smart contract" should be sentenced to at least four years in prison in order to send a message to other would-be crypto fraudsters.

  • April 02, 2024

    UK Reaches Landmark AI Risk Testing Agreement With US

    The U.K. government said Tuesday it had reached a landmark agreement with the U.S. to share the testing of advanced models for artificial intelligence, after highlighting in a report its increasing use by cybercriminals to attack financial institutions and business.

  • April 01, 2024

    Musk's X Corp. Helps Ex-Block Worker Fired Over Posts Sue

    A former employee at Block Inc., which was founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, alleges the company fired her in retaliation for two posts she made on X, formerly known as Twitter, according to a suit filed in Missouri state court with financial backing from Elon Musk's X Corp.

  • April 01, 2024

    2 Firms To Rep Marathon Digital Investors In Accounting Suit

    Pomerantz LLP and the Schall Law Firm have beaten out two other legal teams to represent a proposed class of investors in a suit alleging crypto miner Marathon Digital misstated its revenue as a result of ineffective financial controls.

  • April 01, 2024

    FDIC Dings 2 More Banks Over 3rd-Party Relationships

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has ordered an Ohio community bank and a New York digital "hybrid" bank to strengthen their oversight of business partners, the latest in the agency's recent spate of enforcement actions over banks' management of their third-party relationships with financial technology firms and other outside companies.

  • April 01, 2024

    Skillz Hid 'Rudimentary' Gaming Tech, Investors Tell 9th Circ.

    Skillz Inc. investors urged the Ninth Circuit Monday to revive a consolidated proposed class action alleging the mobile-gaming company misled investors about its growth prospects surrounding its 2021 go-public merger with a special-purpose acquisition company — arguing Skillz skewed revenues and misleadingly touted its gaming technology, which was in reality "rudimentary."

  • April 01, 2024

    Texas Judge Halts New Community Lending Rules For Banks

    A Texas federal judge has ordered a halt to the rollout of federal banking regulators' recently revamped rules intended to spur bank lending in underserved communities, granting a preliminary injunction sought by bank industry trade groups suing to overturn the changes.

  • April 01, 2024

    Spinning For Terraform Was Tough, Crypto Rep Tells Jury

    A California man who worked for Terraform Labs and creator Do Kwon told a Manhattan federal jury Monday that doing public relations for the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency startup accused of fraud left him "angry" and confused as he tried to be transparent.

  • April 01, 2024

    Fed Beats Crypto-Focused Bank's Master Account Suit

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has defeated a suit brought by crypto-focused Custodia Bank over its battle for a so-called master account, with a Wyoming federal judge ruling that Custodia's reading of the law doesn't show it's statutorily entitled to such an account because Congress does not "hide elephants in mouse holes."

Expert Analysis

  • Args In APA Case Amplify Justices' Focus On Agency Power

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    In arguments last week in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Supreme Court justices paid particular importance to the possible ripple effects of their decision, which will address when a facial challenge to long-standing federal rules under the Administrative Procedure Act first accrues and could thus unleash a flood of new lawsuits, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

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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.

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