Fintech

  • June 04, 2024

    CFPB Seeks Traffic Cop For Parallel Small-Biz Data Rule Suits

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday asked a Kentucky federal judge to stay an industry lawsuit challenging the agency's small-business lender reporting requirements, saying a largely identical challenge filed earlier in Texas should take precedence.

  • June 04, 2024

    NBA-Tied NFT Co. To Pay $4M Over Buyers' Securities Claim

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday gave initial approval to a proposed $4 million settlement between the firm behind NBA-focused non-fungible tokens and a class of purchasers who accused the digital assets company of selling the digital assets as unregistered securities.

  • June 04, 2024

    FTX Seeks Ch. 11 Stay On Competing Asset Claims

    Defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX has urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge to put the brakes on multidistrict litigation targeting former company insiders, arguing that those claims rightfully belong to the bankruptcy estate and that any property recovered should instead go to creditors. 

  • June 04, 2024

    'Miles Guo Stole My Money': NY Jury Hears Of Alleged Fraud

    A former supporter of exiled Chinese billionaire Miles Guo testified in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that the purported billionaire conned her into investing more than $100,000 in the media company he founded alongside former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon, describing Guo's interrelated business ventures as a "mafia."

  • June 04, 2024

    CFPB Cautions Firms Against Contractual 'Fine Print Tactic'

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday warned banks and other financial services firms against trying to "trick" consumers with unenforceable waivers in their customer contracts, saying their use of certain contractual terms and conditions can open them up to supervisory or enforcement action.

  • June 04, 2024

    SEC Shutters Salt Lake City Office, Shifts Cases To Denver

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Tuesday that it will close its Salt Lake City office for budgetary and organizational purposes, saying that the caseload of the office, which among other things handled the troubled Debt Box case, will now be handled by staff in Denver.

  • June 03, 2024

    FTX, IRS Propose Settling $8B Tax Fight For Just $885M

    FTX and the Internal Revenue Service have reached a proposed settlement worth roughly $885 million that would resolve the agency's contention that the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange operator owes $8 billion in taxes, according to a motion filed Monday in Delaware federal bankruptcy court.

  • June 03, 2024

    TikTok Profits Off Of Child Sex Trafficking, Utah Alleges

    Utah's Division of Consumer Protection hit TikTok Inc. with a lawsuit in state court Monday, accusing the social media giant of intentionally profiting off of child sex trafficking by implementing an unregulated virtual currency system in its live-streaming feature that allows children to be sexually exploited by adult viewers.

  • June 03, 2024

    Congress' Crypto Votes Lay Groundwork For Next Session

    Congress' sudden and surprisingly bipartisan momentum on crypto policy is unlikely to result in a signed law this year, but the agreements set the stage for proposals that could go the distance next session.

  • June 03, 2024

    Epoch Times CFO Charged With $67M Laundering Scheme

    The chief financial officer of the Epoch Times was charged with orchestrating a scheme to launder about $67 million of illicit proceeds to benefit himself and the newspaper, according to an indictment unsealed in New York federal court Monday.

  • June 03, 2024

    Equifax Judge OKs $1.1M Atty Fees In Debt Reporting Deal

    Attorneys will recover $1.1 million in fees for securing $500 payments for class members in litigation alleging Equifax reported unenforceable debts, a decision that comes several months after a California federal judge warned he would likely hold a portion of the fees until he learned the ultimate settlement payout.

  • June 03, 2024

    Ex-SoftBank GC Joins Foley & Lardner As Partner In SF

    Foley & Lardner LLP has hired SoftBank Investment Advisers' former general counsel, who has over a decade of experience in private practice and serving as in-house counsel overseeing SoftBank's legal team, which structured and monitored more than 300 portfolio companies worth more than $130 billion.

  • June 03, 2024

    DC Settles Tax Fraud Suit Against Tech Co. Founder For $40M

    The District of Columbia will collect $40 million from the founder of a technology and bitcoin holding company to settle a whistleblower complaint that alleged tax fraud, the district's attorney general said Monday.

  • June 03, 2024

    CFPB Unveils Registry To Track Nonbank 'Repeat Offenders'

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday finalized plans to begin centrally tracking court and regulatory enforcement orders against nonbank financial firms, issuing a rule that will create a public registry intended to help shine a light on companies that have recurring run-ins with authorities.

  • June 03, 2024

    Cloud Tech Co. CalAmp Hits Ch. 11 For Debt Equity Swap

    California-based cloud technology developer CalAmp Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying it entered a restructuring deal with lender Lynrock Lake Master Fund LP that would swap approximately $229 million of secured notes into equity interests in the reorganized business.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    Colo. AI Bias Law Lays 'Foundation' For New State Patchwork

    Colorado's trailblazing legislation for regulating high-risk uses of artificial intelligence is likely to inspire other states to act, although a host of "reservations" about the measure from advocates and even Colorado's governor are likely to result in a fragmented national landscape as other states' legislatures use the measure as a launching point rather than a model they'd want to fully replicate. 

  • May 31, 2024

    Nigerian Fintech's Execs Sued Over Alleged Company Fraud

    The current and former top brass of Nigerian fintech company Tingo Group Inc. have been hit with a derivative suit in New Jersey federal court over revelations of fraud at the company, which has led to other litigation, including actions launched by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • May 31, 2024

    Biden Vetoes Bid To Nix SEC Crypto Accounting Guidance

    President Joe Biden on Friday blocked a Congressional resolution to overturn the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's controversial crypto accounting guidance, saying the measure would "inappropriately constrain" the agency's ability to address future issues.

  • May 31, 2024

    Frank Execs Must Keep Fighting JPMorgan Fraud Indictment

    A New York federal judge has refused to throw out an indictment accusing two former executives of a student financial aid startup of tricking JPMorgan Chase & Co. into a buyout, according to an order filed Friday.

  • May 31, 2024

    Coinbase Says 'Unworkable' Crypto Enforcement Needs Rules

    Crypto exchange Coinbase told the Third Circuit on Friday that anything less than ordering the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to write rules for digital assets will "abet the dithering and delay" tactics that the regulator is using to "bludgeon" and "cripple" the industry with enforcement cases.

  • May 31, 2024

    Jilted FTX Claim Buyer Sues Crypto Trader In Chancery

    An affiliate of Connecticut hedge fund Silver Point Capital has sued a crypto trading firm and a buyer of FTX bankruptcy claims in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging that they breached a sale agreement for "a highly unique and lucrative customer claim" with a face value of $10 million in the FTX bankruptcy case.

  • May 31, 2024

    DOJ Slams Apple's Planned Bid To Dismiss Antitrust Suit

    The U.S. Justice Department has hit back against Apple's proposed bid to exit the department's antitrust suit claiming that the company is monopolizing the smartphone market, arguing that the technology giant ignores "well-pleaded facts" and misinterprets the law.

  • May 31, 2024

    2 Estonians Charged In $575M Crypto, Laundering Schemes

    Two Estonian nationals have been extradited to Seattle to face charges that they operated a pair of schemes that brought in $575 million, including a fraud on investors that touted fake cryptocurrency mining capacity.

  • May 31, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen financier Crispin Odey file a defamation claim against the Financial Times, Ford hit with the latest "Dieselgate" claim and a human rights activist bring a privacy claim against Saudi Arabia. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Questions To Ask Before Final CISA Breach Reporting Rule

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    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s recently proposed cyber incident reporting requirements for critical infrastructure entities represent the overall approach CISA will take in its final rule, so companies should be asking key compliance questions now and preparing for a more complicated reporting regime, say Arianna Evers and Shannon Mercer at WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Swimming Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Years of participation in swimming events, especially in the open water, have proven to be ideal preparation for appellate arguments in court — just as you must put your trust in the ocean when competing in a swim event, you must do the same with the judicial process, says John Kulewicz at Vorys.

  • What Makes Unionization In Financial Services Unique

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    Only around 1% of financial services employees are part of a union, but that number is on the rise, presenting both unique opportunities and challenges for the employers and employees that make up a sector typically devoid of union activity, say Amanda Fugazy and Steven Nevolis at Ellenoff Grossman.

  • Opinion

    CFPB Could, And Should, Revise Open Banking Rulemaking

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    In light of continued global developments in open banking, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should evaluate whether it actually should use its proposed rule on Section 1033 of the Dodd-Frank Act to amplify personal financial data rights in the U.S., says Brian Fritzsche at the Consumer Bankers Association.

  • FDIC Bank Disclosure Rules Raise Important Questions

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    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s new rules mandating disclosures for nonbanks offering deposit products leave traditional financial institutions in a no-man's land between fintech-oriented requirements and the reality of personal service demanded by customers, say Paul Clark and Casey Jennings at Seward & Kissel.

  • Don't Use The Same Template For Every Client Alert

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    As the old marketing adage goes, consistency is key, but law firm style guides need consistency that contemplates variety when it comes to client alert formats, allowing attorneys to tailor alerts to best fit the audience and subject matter, says Jessica Kaplan at Legally Penned.

  • Don't Fall On That Hill: Keys To Testifying Before Congress

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    Because congressional testimony often comes with political, reputational and financial risks in addition to legal pitfalls, witnesses and their attorneys should take a multifaceted approach to preparation, walking a fine line between legal and business considerations, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Takeaways From FDIC's Spring Supervisory Highlights

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    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s spring 2024 consumer compliance supervisory report found that relatively few institutions had significant consumer compliance issues last year, but the common thread among those that did were inadequacies or failures in disclosures to consumers, says Matthew Hanaghan at Nutter.

  • Series

    Walking With My Dog Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Thanks to my dog Birdie, I've learned that carving out an activity different from the practice of law — like daily outdoor walks that allow you to interact with new people — can contribute to professional success by boosting creativity and mental acuity, as well as expanding your social network, says Sarah Petrie at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

  • Expect Tougher Bank Exams 1 Year After Spring 2023 Failures

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    With federal banking agencies still implementing harsher examinations with swifter escalations a year after the spring 2023 bank failures, banks can gain insight into changing expectations by monitoring how the Federal Reserve Board, Office of the Comptroller of Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. are coordinating and updating their exam policies, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Follow The Iron Rule Of Trial Logic

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    Many diligent and eager attorneys include every good fact, point and rule in their trial narratives — spurred by the gnawing fear they’ll be second-guessed for leaving something out — but this approach ignores a fundamental principle of successful trial lawyering, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • The Art Of Asking: Leveraging Your Contacts For Referrals

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    Though attorneys may hesitate to ask for referral recommendations to generate new business, research shows that people want to help others they know, like and trust, so consider who in your network you should approach and how to make the ask, says Rebecca Hnatowski at Edwards Advisory.

  • The Drawbacks Of Banking Regulators' Merger Review Plans

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    Recent proposals for bank merger review criteria by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. share common pitfalls: increased likelihood of delays, uncertainties, and new hurdles to transactions that could impede the long-term safety and soundness of the banks involved, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • SEC Off-Channel Comms Action Hints At Future Enforcement

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    Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent enforcement action against Senvest does not shed light on how the agency will calibrate penalties related to off-channel communications violations, it does suggest that we may see more cases against standalone investment advisers, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Fed. Circ. Defines Foreign IP Damages, Raises New Questions

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    In Brumfield v. IBG, the Federal Circuit recently clarified which standard determines the extraterritoriality of the patent statute after the U.S. Supreme Court's WesternGeco decision, opening a new avenue of damages for foreign activities resulting from certain domestic activities while also creating some thorny questions, say Amol Parikh and Ian Howard at McDermott.

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