Litigation

State and Federal Regulators Coordinate Efforts to Combat Crypto Fraud

This past week was a busy one for state securities regulators, the CFTC and the SEC as they continue their focus on rooting out fraud from the digital currency space and crypto- and blockchain-based ventures.  Noteworthy developments included (1) the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announcing a “cryptosweep” –…

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U.S. v. Zaslavskiy: DOJ and SEC Coordination in Enforcing the Securities Laws over Token Sales

In the fall of 2017, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) each filed actions against Maksim Zaslavskiy for securities fraud in connection with two token offerings, through which he promised token purchasers profits from his companies’ investments in real estate and diamonds. …

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Goodwin's Rein, Riley & Tran Publish Article on Blockchain in Intellectual Property Magazine

While the rise of cryptocurrencies has highlighted the usefulness of blockchain technology, involving the creation of decentralized, electronic ledgers to track transactions, this technology is applicable to other fields, including financial services and pharmaceuticals. Contemporaneously, the number of pending US patent applications that incorporate blockchain technology has increased dramatically. But…

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Florida Judge Rules Bitcoin is not Money

On July 25, a Florida Circuit Court judge dismissed state criminal charges against a defendant who attempted to sell bitcoins for $30,000 in cash on the ground that bitcoins are not money. Defendant Michell Abner Espinoza allegedly had agreed to sell bitcoins to an undercover Miami Beach police detective who…

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California's Proposed Virtual Currency License

In late February 2015, a California Assembly member introduced a bill (AB 1326) proposing a licensing framework under which virtual currency companies would be required to operate. What Is It? If passed in its current form, the bill would require that certain virtual currency companies doing business in California obtain…

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Study Guide for New York’s BitLicense

The most anticipated set of guidelines for early 2015 is certainly New York’s BitLicense. Any day now, New York is slated to release yet another version of its proposed regime for public comment. In the spirit of college style last-minute exam cramming, let us catch you up on the story…

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