Fintech

  • March 21, 2024

    Wisconsin Gov. Signs Earned Wage Access Bill Into Law

    Wisconsin on Thursday solidified a licensing framework for so-called earned wage access services when Gov. Tony Evers signed a state law regulating the cash-advance products.

  • March 21, 2024

    CFPB Wants Late-Fee Suit In DC As Judge Notes Busy Docket

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday asked a Texas federal judge to move a challenge to its new credit card late-fee rule to a Washington, D.C., federal court, a day after the court denied a bid for an immediate injunction brought by a trade group coalition suing to overturn the rule.

  • March 21, 2024

    Conn. Judge Awards $59M Damages Payment In Crypto Feud

    A Connecticut state court judge has ordered an overseas business partner and his companies to pay $59.4 million to a bitcoin mining venture after he allegedly lied about both his criminal history and the legal woes of several other companies he controls while siphoning revenue and causing lost profits.

  • March 21, 2024

    Unabomber Prosecutor To Probe FTX's Sullivan & Cromwell Ties

    The Delaware bankruptcy court overseeing the Chapter 11 case of FTX Trading Ltd. has approved the appointment of a former federal prosecutor, whose experience includes work on the Unabomber case, to delve into accusations Sullivan & Cromwell is conflicted as debtor's counsel.

  • March 21, 2024

    Ex-OneCoin Attorney Says 1 Year In Prison Is Enough

    A Bulgarian woman who held the title of legal and compliance executive at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange asked a Manhattan federal judge to credit her for the year she'd spent in prison in harsh conditions and not sentence her to any more jail time.

  • March 21, 2024

    DOJ Sues Apple, Rounds Out US Claims Against Tech Big 4

    The U.S. Department of Justice and several state attorneys general on Thursday launched an antitrust suit against Apple, accusing the world's dominant smartphone maker of maintaining an anti-competitive monopoly over its iron grip over the iPhone, rounding out the quartet of long-anticipated government antitrust litigation already proceeding against Google, Meta and Amazon.

  • March 20, 2024

    Winklevoss-Owned NFT Co. Gets Suit Sent To Arbitration

    A New York federal judge has ordered a suit accusing cryptocurrency exchange Gemini Trust and its NFT-focused subsidiary of selling unregistered securities to be sent to arbitration, rejecting the plaintiff's arguments that his proposed class action belongs in federal court.

  • March 20, 2024

    Health And Safety Top Risk For Directors, Global Survey Says

    Health and safety is the top risk for directors and officers worldwide, according to a survey published Wednesday, in a "surprise" result partly attributed to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and increasing mental health considerations.

  • March 20, 2024

    How The Supreme Court Could Narrow Chevron

    After hours of oral argument in a closely watched administrative law case, it appeared that some U.S. Supreme Court justices could be open to limiting the opportunities for lower courts to defer to federal agencies' legal interpretations in disputes over rulemaking — and legal experts said there are a number of ways they could do it.

  • March 20, 2024

    EU's AI Act Disclosure Rules Could Spark Further Litigation

    The European Union's new artificial intelligence law included some welcome guardrails to protect intellectual property rights. But lawyers say it remains to be seen whether these new rules will bridge the gap between concerned rights holders and AI pioneers.

  • March 20, 2024

    Law360 Announces The Members Of Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2024 Editorial Advisory Boards.

  • March 20, 2024

    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

  • March 20, 2024

    Wise Hits Back At Bad Faith TM Allegations From Tech Rival

    Payments firm Wise has hit back at a counterclaim from software company WithWise, urging the High Court to reject WithWise's claim that Wise's trademark is invalid because it is overbroad and being used as a legal weapon.

  • March 19, 2024

    5th Circ. Ducks 'Pandora's Box' In Tossing SEC Gag Rule Row

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday defeated a challenge to its so-called gag rule against settling defendants, with the Fifth Circuit writing that it didn't want to open a "Pandora's box" by ruling that it had jurisdiction to review a financial radio show host's appeal of a decision that wasn't a final judgment.

  • March 19, 2024

    Top Bank Lobbyist To Biden: Stop The Regulatory 'Tsunami'

    The head of the largest U.S. banking trade group vowed Tuesday to keep litigation on the table if federal regulators don't back off their rulemaking "tsunami," tough talk that comes as the group's latest such legal challenge has hit potential turbulence in Texas.

  • March 19, 2024

    CFTC Decries Forex Firm's 'Strong-Arm' Sanctions Bid

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has admitted in a court filing that it made an error in a lawsuit accusing a foreign exchange firm of defrauding its customers but said the now-corrected error does not merit sanctions, and the defendants appear to be abusing the sanctions process to "strong-arm" their way into a better settlement.

  • March 19, 2024

    Google Fights Wiretapping Suit Over 'Fancy Tape Recorder'

    Google LLC urged a California federal judge Tuesday to throw out a proposed class action alleging the tech giant's "human-like" customer-service product using generative text illegally eavesdrops on conversations without users' consent, arguing that the product is merely a "fancy tape recorder" that doesn't involve humans eavesdropping.

  • March 19, 2024

    US Bank, Oppenheimer To Pay CFTC $7M In Text Probe Cases

    U.S. Bank NA and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. have agreed to pay a combined $7 million to settle allegations brought by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission over the failure to preserve business communications via personal text, the agency announced Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2024

    Bankman-Fried's Fraud Left FTX Users Reeling, Letters Say

    Customers of Sam Bankman-Fried's fallen crypto exchange are struggling with financial insecurity, skimping on expenses including food and worrying about their assets, according to victim letters lodged ahead of the FTX founder's sentencing for what prosecutors call an $11 billion fraud.

  • March 18, 2024

    Apple Co-Founder's Scam Suit Against YouTube Gets New Life

    A California appeals court has revived Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's lawsuit accusing YouTube and its parent company, Google, of contributing to a cryptocurrency scam that fraudulently used his image, finding that the tech giants' provision of verification badges to corrupted channels could put them outside the scope of a federal tech liability shield law.

  • March 18, 2024

    FTC Says 2 Fintechs Will Pay $59M To Settle PPP Loan Claims

    Two fintech firms heavily involved in a key federal pandemic-era loan program for small businesses have agreed to pay a combined $59 million to settle Federal Trade Commission claims of bungled application processing that failed to deliver speedy relief funding as advertised, the FTC said Monday.

  • March 18, 2024

    Petrillo Klein Nabs NY Consumer Protection Chief As Partner

    The former acting head of the Consumer Protection and Financial Enforcement Division of the New York State Department of Financial Services has joined Petrillo Klein & Boxer LLP, where he will focus on white-collar defense of both individuals and institutions.

  • March 18, 2024

    Genesis Gets OK For $21M Deal To End SEC Crypto Loan Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday approved a $21 million settlement to resolve allegations that bankrupt crypto lender Genesis Global Capital LLC violated the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's regulations by selling unregistered securities in a joint partnership with crypto exchange Gemini Trust Co.

  • March 18, 2024

    SEC Sanctioned Over 'Bad Faith Conduct' In Crypto Case

    A Utah federal judge sanctioned the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday over misstatements its counsel made to obtain emergency measures against crypto project Debt Box, ordering the regulator to pay both the defense's and receiver's attorney fees as well as legal costs arising from the regulator's "bad faith conduct."

  • March 18, 2024

    Genesis Defends Crypto Payments At Ch. 11 Plan Hearing

    Cryptocurrency lender Genesis Global Holdco Monday told a New York bankruptcy judge its proposal to distribute cryptocurrency to its customers is both fair and legal as the hearing on its Chapter 11 liquidation plan wound down.

Expert Analysis

  • Cannabis Banking Bill Uncertainty May Actually Be A Blessing

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    The passage of a cannabis banking law is alluring, but little will be lost if the Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation Banking Act — facing stiff competition from other congressional priorities — gets tabled because the bill ultimately does little to meaningfully propel the industry toward full legalization, says Michael Rosenblum at Thompson Coburn.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: South Africa

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    While South Africa has yet to mandate the reporting of nonfinancial and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, policy documents and recent legislative developments are likely to have a material impact in the country's transition to a low-carbon economy and in meeting its international obligations, say Glynn Kent at Eversheds Sutherland.

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    Calif. Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    As 2023 came to an end, we continued to see developments in California that are certain to have an impact on the financial services industry in 2024, including the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation's request for comments on the state's new digital asset law and the state's continued enforcement actions against debt collectors, say Jennifer Olivestone and Juan Azel at Winston & Strawn.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

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    In The CFPB Playbook: Rulemaking Rush Before Election Year

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    In this quarterly Consumer Financial Protection Bureau activity recap by former bureau personnel, attorneys at McGuireWoods explain the regulator's recent push to finalize new rules about data aggregators, digital payment apps and more before the election-year Congressional Review Act window opens.

  • 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.

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