Fintech

  • February 22, 2024

    Mastercard Faces Monopolization Claims Over Digital Tokens

    Mastercard has been stonewalling digital wallet startup OV Loop, refusing to provide needed tokens and thereby excluding OV Loop from the mobile payment services market, all part of Mastercard's effort to maintain its chokehold on payment processing and continue to charge supracompetitive fees on transactions, according to a suit filed Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2024

    BofA Card Holders Fight Uphill To Save Interest Charge Suit

    A California federal judge appeared inclined to toss a proposed class action claiming Bank of America illegally imposes excessive interest charges on variable-rate credit card holders, asking during a hearing Thursday if the plaintiff's counsel could "bolster" the complaint if the bank's motion to dismiss were granted.

  • February 22, 2024

    Crypto Co. DGC Blasts NY AG Settlement With Genesis Global

    The parent company of Genesis Global Holdco slammed a proposed settlement between the bankrupt lender and the New York attorney general on Wednesday, calling the agreement an attempt to "rig" the Chapter 11 plan confirmation to include larger payouts for certain creditors.

  • February 22, 2024

    BofA Pulling Fast One To Exit Gag Clause Suit, Customers Say

    Consumers suing Bank of America for allegedly trying to stifle consumer critics through clauses in its online service agreements have urged a California federal judge not to toss their suit, arguing the bank's dismissal arguments are without legal merit, factually incorrect and "intended to mislead."

  • February 22, 2024

    Comerica Brass Sued Over Benefit Cards Contract Oversight

    Executives and directors of financial services company Comerica were hit with a shareholder derivative suit alleging they failed to disclose the company was mismanaging a lucrative government benefits card program by allowing sensitive data to be handled at an international vendor's office.

  • February 22, 2024

    Vesttoo Liquidation Delayed For Closer Look At Creditor Deals

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday postponed deciding the fate of Israeli financial technology firm Vesttoo Ltd.'s liquidation plan until early next week to give the remaining objector to the proposal time to review settlements the debtor reached with prior challengers.

  • February 22, 2024

    FTX Can Cash Out $500M Investment In AI Biz To Fund Ch. 11

    Insolvent cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd. received a Delaware bankruptcy judge's approval Thursday to sell off its equity stake in an artificial intelligence technology company launched by former members of OpenAI that FTX purchased for $500 million in 2021.

  • February 21, 2024

    Texas Crypto Firm Sues SEC To Avoid 'Unlawful' Enforcement

    A Texas-based crypto firm has sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a bid to convince a Texas federal court to find that digital assets traded on public exchanges are not securities and protect it from potential registration enforcement cases.

  • February 21, 2024

    Crypto Law Firm Invokes Coinbase Petition In SEC Challenge

    Crypto-focused law firm Hodl Law PLLC told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that its standing to sue the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over its crypto policy is undeniable now that the agency has decided not to take up a rulemaking petition from crypto exchange Coinbase.

  • February 21, 2024

    OCC's Hsu Floats Payments, PE 'Trip Wires' For FSOC Review

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's acting chief sounded an alarm Wednesday about the growth of digital payments and private equity, saying federal regulators should consider setting numerical "trip wires" around those activities to stay ahead of potential financial stability risks.

  • February 21, 2024

    SEC Seeks $4M Damages Award In Sports Stock Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a D.C. federal judge on Wednesday to put the sports business Crystal World Holdings and others on the hook for more than $4.1 million in total damages for their alleged securities fraud.

  • February 21, 2024

    Genesis Creditors Seek At Least $45M Out Of Ch. 11 Plan

    Two of Genesis Global's prepetition lenders have asked a New York bankruptcy court to guarantee they'll receive a minimum of $45 million for their claims should the cryptocurrency lender enact a Chapter 11 plan, saying that at present, they might not be repaid until after resolving a complex dispute over fees.

  • February 21, 2024

    Peer Street Needs To Revise Ch. 11 Disclosures, Judge Says

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge sent crowd-funded real estate investment platform Peer Street Inc.'s disclosure statement back to the drawing board on Wednesday, telling the company that it needed to add more details and understandable language amid outcry from some small investors who wanted to convert the Chapter 11 bankruptcy to a liquidation.

  • February 21, 2024

    NY Court Weighs Greenlighting Celsius Ch. 11 Suits

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday considered whether to hear two lawsuits filed in the Chapter 11 case of former cryptocurrency platform Celsius Network LLC, or if the complaints involving an account holder and a digital asset mining company should be dismissed or sent to arbitration.

  • February 21, 2024

    Bankman-Fried Gets New Attys After Waiving Crypto Conflict

    A Manhattan federal judge signed off Wednesday on Sam Bankman-Fried's choice of new counsel ahead of his fraud sentencing, despite the fact that the convicted FTX founder's new team represents an indicted ex-crypto CEO whose interests may conflict with his own.

  • February 21, 2024

    White & Case Lateral Spree Includes SEC Atty, 2 M&A Leaders

    White & Case LLP said it has hired three notable lateral partners, adding a cryptocurrency and cybersecurity specialist from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as former practice heads within the mergers and acquisitions realm from Paul Hastings LLP and Hogan Lovells.

  • February 20, 2024

    Liberal Justices Hint Chevron Deference Hanging By A Thread

    In the U.S. Supreme Court's latest battle royal over administrative powers, left-leaning justices at oral arguments Tuesday openly suggested that the landmark legal doctrine underpinning modern rulemaking might soon shrivel up, clearing the way for industry-led challenges to regulations on the books for decades.

  • February 20, 2024

    Protego Owes Firewall Vendor More Than $1.2M, Suit Says

    A Washington firm that tried and failed to become one of the first federally chartered cryptocurrency banks was hit with a breach-of-contract suit in Delaware federal court late last week by a cybersecurity contractor claiming the banking company failed to pay it more than $1.2 million.

  • February 20, 2024

    Ex-OCC Fintech Chief Won Over Top Brass Despite Red Flags

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's onetime fintech chief who seemingly fabricated his professional background appears to have sailed through the hiring process at the agency, according to internal OCC communications obtained by Law360.

  • February 20, 2024

    Crypto-Friendly Atty Challenges Warren For Senate Seat

    An attorney known for his pro-crypto views and criticism of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced on Tuesday a campaign to unseat incumbent and crypto critic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts senatorial race.

  • February 20, 2024

    DOJ Could See The Bright Side Of $35.3B Capital One Deal

    Despite the sticker shock of Capital One's $35.3 billion deal to acquire Discover Financial Services, experts believe it will ultimately be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, which for years has placed its antitrust microscope over the larger players in the credit card space. 

  • February 20, 2024

    Binance, Prosecutors Urge Court To Affirm $4.3B Penalty

    Binance Holdings Ltd. and federal prosecutors have called on a Washington federal court to confirm a historic $4.3 billion penalty, including a $1.8 billion criminal fine and a $2.5 billion forfeiture, that the crypto exchange agreed to pay last fall when admitting to a series of banking and sanctions violations.  

  • February 20, 2024

    Insurer Says BlockFi Premium Suit Violates Ch. 11 Plan

    A directors and officers insurance carrier for bankrupt cryptocurrency lender BlockFi is seeking to remove a lawsuit attempting to claw back $22.5 million in premiums from New Jersey state court to bankruptcy court, saying the debtor is violating the order confirming its Chapter 11 plan.

  • February 20, 2024

    Fox Rothschild AI Chief Talks 'Terrifying' Deepfakes, Biased AI

    Mark McCreary, the chief artificial intelligence and information security officer at Fox Rothschild, leads his firm's internal AI strategy and provides counsel to other law firms trying to bushwhack their path through the often murky AI legal landscape, rife with hallucinated case law citations and disturbingly real deepfakes.

  • February 20, 2024

    Sullivan & Cromwell Accused Of Aiding FTX Fraud

    Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has been accused of knowing about and helping facilitate the massive fraud that brought down cryptocurrency exchange FTX while serving as FTX's outside counsel, and profiting on the back end by overseeing FTX's ongoing bankruptcy, according to a racketeering lawsuit filed last week.

Expert Analysis

  • Del. Ruling Stands Out In Thorny Noncompete Landscape

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    In Cantor Fitzgerald v. Ainslie, the Delaware Supreme Court last month upheld the enforceability of forfeiture-for-competition provisions in limited partnership agreements, providing a noteworthy opinion amid a time of increasing disfavor toward noncompetes and following a string of Chancery Court rulings deeming them unreasonable, say Margaret Butler and Steven Goldberg at BakerHostetler.

  • SEC Regs Give Banks Chance To Step Up Cyber Safety Game

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    Just as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act forced financial institutions to undertake best practices in recordkeeping, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently effective cybersecurity regulations stand to similarly drive those same enterprises to seek out and implement best practices in cybersecurity, to everyone's benefit, says James Gerber at SimSpace.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Predicting DeFi Regulations At Home And Abroad In 2024

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    Though decentralized finance has advocates on both sides of the Atlantic in figures like U.S. SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce and U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, DeFi in 2024 seems likely to be folded into existing regulatory frameworks in the U.K. and EU, while anti-crypto scrutiny may discourage DeFi’s growth in the U.S., say Daniel Csefalvay and Eric Martin at BCLP.

  • Understanding SEC's Focus Amid Lack Of Final AI Rules

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    Although the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules to govern artificial intelligence are likely far from being finalized, understanding existing regulatory provisions that could address AI risks with respect to development, disclosure, compliance and data protection could help firms anticipate and avoid pitfalls, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • How High Court SEC Case Could Affect The ITC

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy will likely spare the U.S. International Trade Commission from major operative changes, the ITC’s ability to issue penalties for violations of its orders may change, say Gwendolyn Tawresey and Ryan Deck at Troutman Pepper.

  • CFPB Overdraft Rule Could Mean Big Shift In Banking Biz

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed "to close a longstanding loophole" in the Truth in Lending Act by changing how it regulates overdraft fees, but underneath the headline-grabbing proposal is a foundational shift in how the bureau views overdraft services, say attorneys at Katten.

  • Open Questions After Elastos Crypto Class Action Settlement

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    The recent settlement in Owen v. Elastos Foundation resolving a class action fight over whether Elastos was required to register an initial coin offering with U.S. regulators has raised several questions that may be of interest to lawyers litigating cryptocurrency-related cases, including whether a crypto token constitutes a security under U.S. law, says Bradley Simon at Schlam Stone.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • Implications For Digital Assets After SEC Settlement With DAO

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's December settlement with BarnBridge — finding that the decentralized autonomous organization's products were securities under federal law — foreshadows increased enforcement attention on digital assets, and reveals arguments the SEC may use in similar disputes with decentralized finance protocols, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Bitcoin ETF Approval Doesn't Mean SEC Approves Of Crypto

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    While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's approval last month of 11 applications for spot exchange-traded funds tracking bitcoin is a landmark moment for the crypto-asset industry, investors who are hopeful that the SEC will approve similar crypto-based ETFs may be disappointed, says attorneys at Mintz.

  • How Proposed Bipartisan Bill Would Reform Bank Exams

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    If the Fair Audits and Inspections for Regulators’ Exams Act, which was recently introduced by a bipartisan group of senators, were to be enacted, it would particularly benefit small lenders and bank-fintech partnerships by promoting transparency, appellate rights and examiner accountability, say attorneys at Latham.

  • Crypto Issues To Watch Amid Evolving Legal Landscape

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    This year will likely be a momentous one for crypto in the U.S., but whether it is successful or disastrous will depend on the outcome of high-profile court decisions and key regulatory actions, say attorneys at Venable.

  • FTC AI Inquiry Signals Intensified Focus On Emerging Tech

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent inquiry into investments and partnerships between Big Tech companies and artificial intelligence startups appears to be directed at guiding future enforcement decisions in competition, privacy and consumer protection — and three principles discussed at a related tech summit give insight on the agency's approach, say attorneys at Skadden.

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