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In this issue: • Stablecoins Launch in US as New Data Cites Drop in ICO FundingSEC and FINRA Issue First-of-Their-Kind Enforcement ActionsBlockchain Enterprise Developments: Mining, Digital Identities and Food Supply ChainCryptocurrencies Continue to Enter Traditional Areas of Financial Crimes  Stablecoins Launch in US as New Data Cites Drop in ICO Funding By: Robert A. Musiala Jr. and Brian P. Bartish On Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, the New York Department…
On July 31, 2018, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that it will begin accepting applications for special purpose national bank charters from financial technology companies. This “fintech charter” is limited to institutions that do not accept deposits. The fintech charter was initially unveiled on December 2, 2016, by prior Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry. The concept was that fintech firms not linked to national banks were forced to…
In this issue: • U.S. Government Seeks to Leverage Blockchain, Issues Reporting Guidance Cyberhacks and Enforcement Actions Continue Relentlessly Consumer Products Firms Announce Blockchain Advertising Pilots Financial Firms Continue to Pursue Cryptocurrency Initiatives U.S. Government Seeks to Leverage Blockchain, Issues Reporting Guidance By: Simone O. Otenaike Government agencies in the U.S. and abroad continue to announce initiatives that explore use cases for blockchain technology. According to a June 15 press release, the…
On June 8th, New Hampshire Governor Christopher Sununu signed into law H.B. 1319, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. H.B. 1319 defines gender identity as “a person’s gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance, or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.” The bill amends the state’s anti-discrimination law to add gender identity…
In this issue: • New Waters Charted for Blockchain in Marine InsuranceCyber-hacks Continue to Plague Cryptocurrency Industry • New Enforcement Actions in the U.S. and Abroad New Waters Charted for Blockchain in Marine Insurance By: John C. McIlwee In a first-of-its-kind blockchain-enabled solution for the marine hull insurance industry, Insurwave promises to automate manual processes and alleviate inefficiencies for the world’s largest shipping company, A.P. Møller-Maersk. The platform was created as a joint…
On Friday, Target agreed to pay $3.74 million and review its policies for screening job applicants to settle Carnella Times et al. v. Target Corp., a class action in the Southern District of New York challenging the company’s use of background checks. The suit claimed that Target’s use of criminal background checks violated Title VII by disproportionally excluding Black and Hispanic applicants from obtaining employment. Data demonstrates that certain minority populations—principally, Black and Hispanic males—are…
The proliferation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has raised many questions about the legal status of these technologies and financial instruments and how their exchange should be regulated under federal and state money transmitter laws. Regulation of cryptocurrencies and exchanges is evolving quickly, and navigating the regulatory guidance requires careful consideration of both the guidance and the underlying business models. As new cryptocurrencies and exchanges launch,  understanding the regulatory landscape and adapting quickly adapt to…
Last month, the Ninth Circuit vacated the certification of a nationwide class for settlement in the In re Hyundai & Kia Fuel Economy Litigation, No. 15-56014, 881 F.3d 679 (9th Cir. Jan. 23, 2018). The Ninth Circuit concluded that the district court abused its discretion because it failed to “conduct a rigorous analysis to determine whether the party seeking certification has met the prerequisites of Rule 23,” specifically, whether variations in state law undermined the…