Fintech

  • March 22, 2024

    5 Things To Know As SEC Takes Terraform Fraud Case To Trial

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's suit against collapsed cryptocurrency project Terraform and its creator Do Kwon takes center stage next week in U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff's courtroom in Manhattan, and at its heart is a question of whether the business deceived investors in the lead-up to the collapse that helped set off the so-called crypto winter.

  • March 21, 2024

    Silvergate Must Face Investor Suit Over FTX Ties, Judge Says

    The now-defunct Silvergate Bank and its CEO must face a proposed class action brought by customers of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that Silvergate owed a duty to FTX customers and that its conduct harmed them.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

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    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

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    NY Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    New York's banking and financial sector saw a number of notable regulatory and legislative changes in the final quarter of 2023, including guidance on climate risks and heightened cybersecurity protocols issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services, as well as final revisions to virtual currency listings in the state, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Why CFTC Whistleblowers Are Crucial To Crypto Regulation

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    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's whistleblower program has proven to be a key tool in the U.S.' efforts to police cryptocurrency, but a funding issue shows that it has become a victim of its own success, says Stephen Kohn at Kohn Kohn.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Securities Class Actions Show No Signs of Slowing In 2024

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    Plaintiffs asserted securities class actions at elevated levels in 2023 — a sign that filings will remain high in the year ahead — as they switched gears to target companies that allegedly have failed to anticipate supply chain disruptions, persistent inflation, rising interest rates and other macroeconomic headwinds, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • How Corp. Transparency Act Can Unmask Crypto Owners

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    With the federal Corporate Transparency Act in effect as of Jan. 1, litigants may now have a less burdensome path toward determining the identities of owners behind convoluted corporate entities, and, by extension, any digital assets they own that could be subject to a potential judgment, says Brett Sager at Ehrenstein Sager.

  • Major EU AI Banking Ruling Will Reverberate Across Sectors

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    Following the European Court of Justice's recent OQ v. Land Hessen decision that banks' use of AI-driven credit scores to make consumer decisions did not comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, regulators indicated that the ruling would apply broadly, leaving numerous industries that employ AI-powered decisions open to scrutiny, say lawyers at Alston & Bird.

  • CFPB As Pay App Watchdog May Invite More Fintech Regs

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    While the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent proposal to enhance federal oversight of the biggest consumer payment applications would impose no new regulatory obligations, the rulemaking could provoke heightened scrutiny for all participants in the digital payments market, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Bank-Fintech Partnerships Can Thrive Despite A Tough 2023

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    Many banking-as-a-service players experienced regulatory enforcement activities in 2023, including consent orders and more targeted, detailed guidance aimed at bank-fintech partnerships, and while it seems this trend will continue in 2024, savvy banks can use the turmoil of last year as a guide for how to better manage the risks inherent in partnerships, says Justin Steffen at Barack Ferrazzano.

  • A Look At Consumer Reporting In 2023, And What's To Come

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    The legal landscape of consumer reporting is evolving as courts, federal regulators and state legislatures continue to weigh in — and while last year may have seen a slight downtick in the overall volume of Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation, 2024 is set to be a watershed year for this area of the law, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Must Put Officers On Alert

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    Recent government actions against FTX and other crypto companies have put a laser focus on corporate compliance failures, with added pressure on compliance officers — making the need for personal risk assessment particularly acute given today's novel anti-money laundering issues, say Poppy Alexander at Constantine Cannon and Caleb Hayes-Deats at MoloLamken.

  • 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.

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    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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