Politics, Legal & Regulation

Playboy Sueing Canadian Crypto Company for Breach of Contract

Playboy Enterprises, the company that publishes the famous nude magazine, is suing a Vancouver-based crypto tech and investment company for fraud and breach of contract, The Los Angeles Times reports. Playboy claims that Global Blockchain Technologies (GBT) has failed to follow through on an agreement to,… Read More

ICO Tokens & the SEC: You Can’t Even Give Them Away …. No, Seriously

Summary:    The SEC has issued a Cease & Desist Order and sanctions against a token issuer and its founder.  Among several findings, the SEC determined that the “Bounty Program” run by the issuer constituted a securities offering.  The Order states “a ‘gift’ of a… Read More

Venezuelan Government Phasing Out Bolivar for “Sovereign” Pegged to “Petro” Cryptocurrency

The Venezuelan government plans to issue a new paper currency called ‘the sovereign’ next Monday, August 20th, and the new currency will be pegged to that nation’s new cryptocurrency, ‘el petro.’ The latest news comes on the heels of a story CI reported yesterday about… Read More

Investor & Crypto Advisor Sues AT& T for $224 Million for Gross Negligence in Cryptocurrency Theft

Michael Terpin, an investor, crypto advisor and founder of Marketwire, has thrown down the gauntlet with AT&T over a massive cryptocurrency threat. In a tweet, Terpin states; “Somebody needed to sue AT&T for fraud and gross negligence in letting criminals SIM swap. I just did.”… Read More

Class Action Claiming Ripple Sold Unregistered Securities Will Be Tried in US Federal Court

A motion by plaintiffs in a class action suit against Ripple Labs to keep the case in California courts was denied this week by a judge. The case will now move to federal court. Lawyers for class action plaintiff Ryan Coffey filed the suit against… Read More

Sagewise Creates Directory of Blockchain & Smart Contract Legislation by State

Sagewise, a legal dispute layer for blockchain based smart contracts, has created a directory of all existing and pending legislation that may impact smart contracts and blockchain around the United States. Even if you are engaged in the distributed ledger tech-sector, you will be surprised… Read More

Tomahawkcoin: SEC Bans Alleged ICO Fraud Perp with Previous Criminal Conviction

The Securities and Exchange Commission has received a permanent ban on David T. Laurance and his Tomahawk Exploration LLC. Laurence attempted to raise money issuing a “Tomahawkcoin” (TOM) in an initial coin offering (ICO). While the ICO was not successful it tripped the fraud triggers… Read More

PeerIQ CEO Ram Ahluwalia on OCC Fintech Charter: Consumers Win if it is Implemented Correctly

At the end of July, the US Department of Treasury published a wide-sweeping document on Fintech innovation in the US and what must be done to boost innovation in financial services. While much of the document addressed much needed regulatory reform and overlapping state and… Read More

Perspective: FCA Regulatory Shift on P2P May Help Bolster Sector & Build Trust with Investors

The Financial Conduct Authority will Update Rules for Loan Based Crowdfunding. Crowd2Fund CEO Chris Hancock Shares His Perspective. The growth and success of P2P lending, and its positive effect on the UK economy, cannot be disputed. Initially starting out as curiosity during the depths of… Read More

SEC Issues Investor Alert on Self Directed IRAs, Includes Special Warning on Digital Assets such as ICOs

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an investor alert on Self Directed IRAs. As one would expect, the individual investor manages these retirement accounts without the assistance of an investment advisor. A self-directed IRA is held by a custodian that allows investment in a broader… Read More

Saudi Monetary Authority Prohibits “Unauthorized Virtual Currencies”

Citing “negative consequences,” “high risks,” and a lack of “government supervision,” the Saudi Standing Committee for Awareness on Dealing in Unauthorized Securities Activities in FOREX Markets has officially declared, “Unauthorized virtual currencies…illegal inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” The announcement came August 12th in the… Read More

Inspection of Japan Crypto Exchanges Reveals Loose Business Practices

Onsite inspections of 16 licensed cryptocurrency exchanges and 7 with licenses pending in Japan has revealed generally loose business practices and controls, according to a report released last Friday by the Japanese Financial Services Agency (FSA). The inspections were conducted by the FSA in cooperation with… Read More

Thai Bitcoin Scam Fleeces Finish Investor of $35 Million, Used Dragon Coin as Bait & Involved Famous Thai Actor

Aarni Otava Saarimaa, a 22 year old crypto investor based in Finland, used to be crypto rich. Today, perhaps he is less so after following afoul of a scam apparently hatched in Thailand. In a sordid saga shared by the Bangkok Post, a crypto investor… Read More

African States Largely Paralyzed About How to Regulate Crypto, Says New Report

A new report from Togo-based Ecobank says that, like regulators elsewhere, African regulators are confused about technical, political, and economic ramifications of cryptocurrencies and are largely taking a “wait-and-see” approach to regulating crypto sectors and activity there. The report, “Cryptocurrency Regulation in Africa,” published August… Read More

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Settles PayDay Loans Lawsuit, Imposes Hefty Judgement that is Unlikely to be Paid

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (previously known as the CFPB) has reported that a federal district court in the Western District of Missouri has entered an Order effectuating a settlement between the Bureau  and Richard Moseley, Sr., Richard Moseley, Jr., and 20 interrelated corporate… Read More

FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco Addresses Tough Topic of Cryptocurrency, Attorney Joshua Klayman Adds Insight to Topics Discussed

This week, at an event in Chicago that focused on legal questions swirling around the emerging cryptocurrency industry, FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco delivered a much anticipated speech regarding his agency’s thoughts on digital assets and virtual currencies. FinCEN is part of the US Department of… Read More

Small Russian Newspaper Fined for Crypto Ad

Russian independent news publication Interfax has reported that the owner of a small newspaper in Tatarstan, a state in the Russian southwest, has been fined for carrying a cryptocurrency mining and investment advertisement. The Eleventh Arbitration Court of Appeal confirmed a prior decision to fine Unity Nizhnekamsk… Read More

Tezos Class Action Suit Will Proceed with Crypto Investor Tim Draper and Bitcoin Suisse Exempted

Two defendants in a class action suit against the beleaguered but rich blockchain project Tezos have been exempted by a judge, though the case will proceed against the Tezos Foundation and DLS. The decision by California Northern District Judge Richard Seeborg was filed yesterday in… Read More

In Bitcoin ETF Quest, Custody Looms as a Significant Issue

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pumped the brakes once again this week on firms offering Bitcoin based ETF. While these exchange traded funds have the potential to expand a far wider audience to the digital asset class, so far regulators have been hesitant to… Read More

SEC Delays Another Decision on a Bitcoin ETF Until Late September

The SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) announced yesterday that it will take a full 90 days to decide on a rule change that may permit VanEck SolidX to take a Bitcoin ETF to market. The latest request for a rule change came from the Chicago Board… Read More