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U.S. Crypto Regulation and the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act

Goodwin partner Grant Fondo was recently interviewed on CoinDesk TV in regards to the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act that was introduced on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. The proposed legislation suggests that the CFTC should control crypto spot markets, specifically bitcoin and ether, which the bill classifies as commodities. To…

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SEC Alleges "Crypto Asset Securities" Insider Trading; Case Has Significant Implications for the Digital Asset Industry

On July 21, 2022, the SEC charged three individuals with insider trading of digital assets via a scheme to trade ahead of multiple announcements regarding crypto assets being made available on a United States-based digital asset exchange at which one individual was a former product manager. In the complaint, the SEC identifies…

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"NFT Indictment” and The Trading of Digital Assets

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In a recent BlockTribune article, Goodwin’s Grant Fondo, David Gardy Ermann, Yoona Lee, Frank DelPesce, and Ahmed Abdelhamid discuss the recent “NFT Indictment” by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the FBI in addition to providing practical advice for trading digital assets. Read…

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SEC Enforcement Broadens its Crypto Focus

Digital Currency Perspectives authors Alexis Coll-Very, Grant Fondo and Robert Tiefenbrun recently posted an alert regarding the SEC announcement that it settled charges against NVIDIA Corporation. The SEC has alleged that the company’s disclosures regarding the impacts of increased use of its gaming products by cryptocurrency miners were inadequate and…

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FinCEN Issues Report Addressing NFTs

On February 4, 2022, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) jumped into the regulatory discussion about non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”)—more with a whisper than a bang—in a report on its Study of the Facilitation of Money Laundering and Terror Finance Through the Trade in Works of Art. The report…

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SEC Sues Ripple and Executives in Connection With Ongoing Sales of XRP

The SEC, in one of the Commission’s final acts under the leadership of Chair Jay Clayton, approved enforcement action aimed at Ripple Labs, Inc. (“Ripple”) and two of its executives, Brad Garlinghouse and Chris Larsen. The SEC filed its complaint on December 22, 2020 in the Southern District of New…

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BitMEX Founder’s Charges Highlight Risks for DeFi

***This article was originally published in CoinDesk and can be found here – https://www.coindesk.com/bitmex-risks-for-defi  In October, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed enforcement actions against the entities and individuals that own and operate the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX), a trading platform for cryptocurrency…

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SEC Wins Injunctive Relief to Prevent Telegram's Distribution of $1.7B Worth of Cryptocurrency

In a recent decision in Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telegram Group Inc. and TON Issuer Inc., the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a motion for a preliminary injunction by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), thereby preventing the distribution to purchasers of…

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Goodwin Releases Publication Covering Recent U.S. Regulatory and Legal Developments in Digital Currency + Blockchain

2019 was a year of significant regulatory and legal developments in digital currency + blockchain. The SEC issued its most comprehensive guidance to date with its Framework for “Investment Contract” Analysis of Digital Assets, followed that up with three “no action” letters for projects that in its view complied with…

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