Fintech

  • March 12, 2024

    OCC's Hsu Says 'Operational Resilience' Regs May Be Coming

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's acting chief, Michael Hsu, said Tuesday that federal regulators are looking at pursuing new rules to bolster larger banks' ability to withstand and recover from external and internal disruptions to their critical operations.

  • March 12, 2024

    Crypto Mixer Operator Found Guilty Of Money Laundering

    A Washington, D.C., jury on Tuesday found the operator of crypto mixing service Bitcoin Fog guilty of facilitating tens of millions of dollars in transactions linked to illicit activities on darknet marketplaces. 

  • March 12, 2024

    TransUnion Unit Pays $37M On Credit Card Data Misuse Claim

    TransUnion's data unit Argus Information & Advisory Services will pay $37 million to the federal government to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by allegedly misusing anonymized credit card data it obtained from banks under contracts with federal regulators over a decade-long period, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Paul Weiss' Digital Tech Chair On AI's Promises And Perils

    While generative artificial intelligence promises to increase access to justice and kill the billable hour, we don't know how to prevent it from unleashing misinformation and disinformation on the electorate, says Katherine Forrest, a former Manhattan federal judge who is now chair of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP's digital technology group.

  • March 11, 2024

    Forex Firm Wants CFTC Sanctioned For 'Bad Faith' Behavior

    A foreign exchange firm accused by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission of defrauding customers is calling on a New Jersey federal judge to sanction the agency for a "pattern of misconduct" that includes knowingly submitting false statements to the court and attempting to intrude on attorney-client privilege.

  • March 11, 2024

    Coinbase Asks 3rd Circ. To Force SEC To Set Rules For Crypto

    Crypto exchange Coinbase asked the Third Circuit on Monday to force the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to set rules of the road for digital assets in an opening brief that argued the agency failed to provide "a reasoned explanation" for why it denied an earlier request for crypto rulemaking.

  • March 11, 2024

    FDIC's Crypto Caution Has 'Significant Downsides,' Hill Says

    Travis Hill, vice chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., said Monday that the agency's cautious attitude toward cryptocurrency needs more nuance and risks sending the wrong message to banks that they shouldn't even "bother trying" to get involved with anything crypto-related.

  • March 11, 2024

    Bitcoin Miner's Vendor Accused Of Taking $6.4M Computers

    A bitcoin mining company has launched a contract dispute involving the cost of electricity in Washington federal court against a vendor that hosted its computers, alleging the host refused to return equipment worth $6.4 million after it failed to supply enough power to the devices.

  • March 11, 2024

    3 Firms Seek To Lead, Combine Axos 'Bait And Switch' Cases

    Two consumers who separately sued Axos Bank over its handling of interest rates on savings deposit accounts offered through one of its online divisions have urged a California federal judge to consolidate their lawsuits and appoint three law firms representing them as interim co-lead counsel in the combined case.

  • March 08, 2024

    Trump 'An Existential Threat' To Rule Of Law, Attys Warn

    Former President Donald Trump represents an "existential threat" to democracy and the rule of law, legal experts said Friday at a conference on white collar crime in San Francisco.

  • March 08, 2024

    Visa, Mastercard's Standing Challenge Fails In Swipe Fee Case

    A New York federal judge in a newly unsealed order rejected Visa and Mastercard's bid for summary judgment that claimed that merchants suing the card companies over allegedly anticompetitive conduct lack standing to do so under U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • March 08, 2024

    DOJ Eyes FCPA For New Whistleblower Rewards Program

    U.S. Department of Justice officials on Friday signaled a renewed emphasis on fighting foreign corruption, saying its planned whistleblower rewards program should prove useful in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases against private companies, and warned companies against running afoul of new rules barring the sale of personal data to foreign adversaries of the U.S.

  • March 08, 2024

    SEC Crypto Target Can't Send Securities Query To 11th Circ.

    A Florida federal judge has declined to send the question of whether crypto transactions on public exchanges are securities to the Eleventh Circuit after rejecting a bid to toss a securities enforcement case against an alleged $37 million cryptocurrency pump-and-dump scheme.

  • March 08, 2024

    Fed Sharpens Threat Safeguard Rules For Payment Utilities

    The Federal Reserve said Friday that it has finalized expanded risk-management requirements aimed at hardening key providers of payments infrastructure against cybersecurity disruptions, extreme weather and other threats to their critical operations.  

  • March 08, 2024

    Kwok Judge Lets Gov't Keep $302M In Crypto For Restitution

    A New York federal judge has denied a request to return more than $300 million in assets to holders of cryptocurrrency issued by bankrupt Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok's Himalaya Exchange, finding that the federal government has a continued interest in the property it seized.

  • March 08, 2024

    CFIUS Rules May Need Review Amid 'Exponential' Growth

    Foreign direct investment-related enforcement and penalty processes in the U.S. could use a review amid "exponential" growth in FDI regimes across the globe, greater awareness of national security risks, and increased U.S. outreach to foreign partners, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Friday. 

  • March 08, 2024

    New Headache For Binance As 2nd Circ. Revives Investor Suit

    The Second Circuit on Friday revived a proposed investor class action against the embattled crypto exchange Binance Holdings Ltd. and its founder, disagreeing with a lower court that ruled the customers had not alleged their transactions were conducted in the U.S.

  • March 07, 2024

    Judges Say Facing Threats And Vitriol Now Part Of The Job

    Federal judges spoke Thursday about the challenges of the profession in the 21st century, describing how they've either received threats or know of warnings against colleagues, with one jurist saying she received 11 death threats during her first three months on the bench.

  • March 07, 2024

    Deputy AG Unveils DOJ Whistleblower Rewards Pilot Program

    Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on Thursday said the U.S. Department of Justice will soon begin a pilot program to financially reward whistleblowers who alert prosecutors to significant corporate misconduct.

  • March 07, 2024

    New Big Tech 'Gatekeeper' Rules Go Live In Europe

    Apple, Google, Microsoft and other digital "gatekeepers" faced a deadline Thursday to implement changes required by Europe's expansive new regulations aiming to rein in the power of Big Tech through rules intended to promote competition and give consumers more choice.

  • March 07, 2024

    Crypto Founder's Extortion Suit Fails Yet Again

    The founder of a cryptocurrency token company cannot bring racketeering and trade secret claims against former consultants he alleges extorted him for millions of dollars and tried to ruin his company's reputation, an Illinois federal judge has ruled.

  • March 07, 2024

    Ex-SVB Counsel Farella Braun Seeks $49K In Unpaid Fees

    Farella Braun & Martel LLP, which previously represented Silicon Valley Bank's parent in a dispute over fraud coverage, has sued the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in a California federal court to extract nearly $49,000 in unpaid legal fees it says the agency must pay on behalf of the defunct lender.

  • March 07, 2024

    Robinhood Teams With Rich Paul, Klutch To Expand To Sports

    Robinhood is partnering with Klutch Sports Group to help it extend its reach into sports, entertainment and media, with Klutch founder and CEO Rich Paul as its strategic brand adviser, the financial investment app announced Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Banking Groups Sue CFPB Over Credit Card Late Fee Rule

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and bank trade groups sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Texas federal court on Thursday over its new rule to limit credit card late fees to $8, following through on a widely expected challenge to the potentially multibillion-dollar cut to industry revenues.

  • March 06, 2024

    Top Calif. Antitrust Atty Says Criminal Cases On The Horizon

    California is poised to start prosecuting criminal antitrust cases under a Golden State law that is "broader" than federal law, a senior assistant attorney general for the California Department of Justice said Wednesday at a San Francisco conference.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Enforcement Predictions For US Export Controls, Sanctions

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    Federal agencies' assertions of coming increases in export-control and sanctions-violations enforcement are not new, but recent improvements in resources and inter-agency cooperation allow for certain predictions about how the administration’s latest approach to enforcement may be applied going forward, say attorneys at Akin.

  • 8 Ways To Negotiate Improved Disgorgement Outcomes

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's nearly $3.4 billion collected in disgorgements in 2023 shows that substantial disgorgement claims from regulators and law enforcement are the new norm, but corporations may be able to dramatically reduce what they owe by using eight strategies to argue for reduced net profit calculations, say experts at AlixPartners.

  • How The NY AG Leads Investigations In Civil Securities Fraud

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    Although investigating white collar fraud can put significant strain on state and local resources, the New York Attorney General's Office has continued to use its expansive statutory authority to take a leading role in bringing civil enforcement actions in highly complex financial matters, say Carrie Cohen and Nathan Reilly at MoFo.

  • 3 Types Of Evidence Excluded Pretrial In 2023 TM Cases

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    Dylan I. Scher at Quinn Emanuel reviews three areas of rulings on motions in limine from 2023 where parties successfully excluded evidence in a trademark dispute, for legal practitioners to consider for future cases.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Singapore

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    Singapore is keen to establish itself as a leading international financial center and a key player in the sustainable finance ecosystem, and key initiatives led by its government and other regulatory bodies have helped the Asian nation progress from its initially guarded attitude toward ESG investment and reporting, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • What Banks Should Know About FDIC Assessment Rule

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    Max Bonici at Venable answers questions banking organizations may have about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s recent approval of a rule implementing a special assessment on banks to recoup costs associated with protecting uninsured depositors after the bank failures earlier this year, and highlights other considerations for uninsured deposits.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Expect CFPB Flex Over Large Nonbank Payment Cos.

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    A recent enforcement action and a new rule proposal from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicate a growing focus on the nonbank payment ecosystem, especially larger participants, in 2024, say Felix Shipkevich and Jessica Livingston at Shipkevich.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • High Court's Chevron Review May Be A Crypto Game-Changer

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    The outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court's review of the Chevron doctrine in its pending Loper v. Raimondo case will potentially usher in a paradigm shift in cryptocurrency regulation, challenging agency authority and raising hopes for a recalibrated approach that favors judicial interpretation, says Sylvia Favretto at Mysten Labs.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • 'Paper Tiger' Finds Its Fangs: Repeat Offenders And The CFPB

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    Following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s recent imposition of structural remedies on Enova for repeat offenses, financial institutions, especially those that have previously been subject to consent orders, need to carefully consider their options when facing future enforcement proceedings with the CFPB, says Caitlin Mandel at Winston & Strawn.

  • How FinCEN's Proposed Rule Stirs The Pot On Crypto Mixing

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    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s recently issued proposal aims to impose additional reporting requirements to mitigate the risks posed by convertible virtual currency mixing transactions, meaning financial institutions may need new monitoring techniques to detect CVC mixing beyond just exposure, say Jared Johnson and Jordan Yeagley at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

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