Fintech

  • 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.

  • March 18, 2024

    Voyager Investors Suing Mark Cuban Seek Class Cert.

    Investors suing billionaire Mark Cuban over his role in promoting now-bankrupt Voyager Digital Ltd. have pushed for class certification and urged the court to rule that Voyager was selling unregistered securities.

  • March 18, 2024

    FINRA Fines Firm Over Social Media Influencers' Posts

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced Monday that it has settled its first formal enforcement disciplinary action stemming from a firm's supervision of social media influencers, fining financial services provider M1 Finance LLC $850,000 for its influencers' misleading posts.

  • March 18, 2024

    2 Investment Firms To Pay SEC $400K For 'AI Washing'

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said it had reached settlements totaling $400,000 with a pair of investment advisers over claims that they made false and misleading statements about their use of artificial intelligence.

  • March 18, 2024

    Nuvei's Stock Soars On Disclosure Of Potential PE Buyout

    Canadian fintech Nuvei Corp. said it has formed a special committee to evaluate strategic options after reports indicated that private equity firm Advent International is pursuing a buyout, developments that led to a more than 33% jump in the company's stock Monday.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-Holland & Knight Atty To Lead Hilgers Graben Gov't Team

    A former securities defense leader at Holland & Knight LLP has moved to Hilgers Graben PLLC's Dallas office to lead the firm's government investigations and regulatory enforcement group.

  • March 15, 2024

    Bank Groups Defend Texas Home For CFPB's Late-Fee Rule Suit

    A trade group coalition suing to overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new credit card late-fee rule pressed Thursday in Texas federal court for an immediate injunction against the measure, pushing back on the agency's claims that the case should be bounced for ineffective "forum shopping."

  • March 15, 2024

    Ex-Prisoners Partially Settle Prepaid Card Suit For $2.8M

    Central National Bank NA and a class of former inmates who were charged fees for using the bank's prepaid debit cards from partner Numi Financial reached a $2.8 million settlement following mediation, but the parties have requested the court stay the case while class counsel investigates Numi's potential insolvency.

  • March 15, 2024

    Roblox's Casino Games Are 'Preying On Children,' Suit Says

    Online game platform Roblox Corp. has been hit with another proposed class action suit in California federal court accusing it and other companies of "preying on children nationwide" through an "illegal gambling ecosystem" that specifically targets minors.

  • March 15, 2024

    Peer Street Can Solicit Ch. 11 Plan Votes, Judge Says

    Peer Street told creditors of the company and its entities Friday to expect ballots for their Chapter 11 plan, after a Delaware bankruptcy judge decided the real estate investment platform had disclosed enough information about its proposal for reorganization.

  • March 15, 2024

    Bitcoin 'Founder' Held In Contempt For Disclosure Delay

    A Florida federal judge on Friday held self-professed bitcoin inventor Craig Wright in civil contempt for delaying disclosure of financial information to the holder of a $143 million judgment against him and said a sanctions award of reasonable attorney fees and costs would be appropriate.

  • March 15, 2024

    Marathon Digital Pays $87.3M For Bitcoin-Mining Data Center

    Bitcoin-mining company Marathon Digital Holdings Inc., advised by Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, on Friday announced it is buying Lowenstein Sandler LLP-led Applied Digital Corp.'s bitcoin-mining data center in Texas for a net purchase price of $87.3 million.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Strategies For Wire Fraud Prevention As Risk Is On The Rise

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    Wire transfer fraud is increasingly affecting investment managers, nonbank fintech companies and their clients, but there are steps financial institutions can take to mitigate this increasing risk, like testing cybersecurity effectiveness and sending fake phishing emails, says Casey Jennings at Seward & Kissel.

  • Fed's New Swipe At Debit Fees Stirs Up Dilemma For Banks

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    The Federal Reserve's proposal to reduce the cap on debit card interchange fees charged or received by card issuers and payment networks comes as other bank account fees are taking regulatory hits, which could all culminate in an overall decline in access to banking products and services, says Kristen Larson at Ballard Spahr.

  • SEC, NY Cybersecurity Rules Create Complexity For Insurers

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    Two separate cybersecurity rules recently adopted by the New York Department of Financial Services and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission pose distinct challenges for insurance industry participants, with important interactions, and potential tensions, for those required to comply with both frameworks, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • The Ethics Of Accepting Advanced Legal Fees In Crypto

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    State and local bar associations have been weighing in on whether attorneys may accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment in advance of providing legal services, but the answer is frequently a fact-specific inquiry that demands close reading of the rules of professional conduct, say Matthew Feinberg and Jeffrey Cunningham at Goldberg Segalla.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • A Look At FedNow Liability Allocation And A 4th Circ. Toss-Up

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    Dsu-Wei Yuen and Andrew Lorentz at Davis Wright break down the current legal requirements that are directly applicable to common electronic payment systems like FedNow and Automated Clearing House and how they could be affected by a decision in Studco v. 1st Advantage Credit Union, currently on appeal in the Fourth Circuit.

  • 3 Defense Takeaways From The Bankman-Fried Trial

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    FTX founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s recent fraud conviction offers several key lessons for future white collar defendants, from the changing nature of cross-examination to the continued risks of taking the stand, say Jonathan Porter and Gregg Sofer at Husch Blackwell.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 3 FinCEN Fraud Alerts To Remember In 2024

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    With financial fraud now the largest source of illicit proceeds in the U.S., banks should review this year's key Financial Crimes Enforcement Network alerts to ensure their employees know the warning signs of three types of rising scams and understand how to effectively report suspicious activity, says Memrie Fortenberry at Jones Walker.

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