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Coming Soon: Digital Asset Regulation
February 20, 2018

Coming Soon: Digital Asset Regulation

By: George Calhoun
In January, Bitcoin dropped to approximately 50% of its 2017 peak price.  Other digital currencies saw similar declines.  Most market observers blamed these massive price fluctuations on related events: (i) widespread reports of fraud and price manipulation, and (ii) increasing prospects for the regulation of digital assets and currencies.  Indeed, 2018 has brought us federal charges against fraudulent coin offerings and public statements by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that all ICOs involve the issuance of securities.  Although regulation in the United States is not yet imminent, the prospects for some form of regulation are now approaching a certainty. In the last three weeks, at least three U.S. regulators have called for the regulation of digital assets.  On February 6, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs concerning the possible regulation of digital assets.  On February 13, 2018, Sigal Manadelker, Under Secretary of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Terrorism... Read more
The Extraordinary Reach of FTC Ex Parte
February 6, 2018

The Extraordinary Reach of FTC Ex Parte

By: Ifrah Law

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is granted extraordinary authority to participate in ex parte discussions with judges, conduct investigations and enact enforcement actions like asset freezes and TROs without notice to the parties it is targeting. Often the first time a company learns it is under investigation is when it is served a subpoena and… Read More

In a paradox of sorts, cryptocurrency’s continued survival may hinge on its submission to greater regulatory oversight. Such a notion is paradoxical in the sense that cryptocurrency’s origins can be traced to a “stick it to the man” mentality in which currency is decentralized and not tied to any one governmental body. Thus, submitting to… Read More

Assert Your FTC Defense Before It’s Too Late
February 1, 2018

Assert Your FTC Defense Before It’s Too Late

By: Ifrah Law

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is granted extraordinary authority to conduct investigations without giving notice to the companies in its sightlines, and the agency can enact sudden and unforeseen enforcement actions like asset freezes and TROs which take its targets completely by surprise. Often a company’s first clue it is under investigation is when it… Read More

2018: The End of Cryptocurrencies?
January 22, 2018

2018: The End of Cryptocurrencies?

By: Steven Eichorn

Cryptocurrencies (e.g. Bitcoin) took the broader public by storm in 2017 and had a breakout year. There were outsized and even unprecedented returns, along with extreme volatility and even more extreme volatility.  The question for 2018 is whether cryptocurrencies had their “fifteen minutes of fame” or they are here to stay? Blockchain technology (which is… Read More

No one likes being on the receiving end of an immunization shot, but many of us submit to a flu shot each fall or winter.  David Latner, a patient of the Mount Sinai Health System’s West Park Medical facility, apparently found a single text from West Park reminding him about flu shots to be alarming… Read More

The first of the year is a good time to make assessments, resolutions and predictions. We have some recommendations for companies that store and process consumer data: It is a good time to assess the strength of your data security measures and resolve to meet industry standards where you fall behind, because we predict continued… Read More

Following a change of heart from a top Securities and Exchange Commission regulator, public companies will likely soon face new guidelines for how they report cybersecurity breaches to investors. SEC Corporate Finance Division Director Bill Hinman was quoted as saying that when Chairman Jay Clayton first asked him if the existing SEC guidance needed to… Read More

Bitcoin and a host of cryptocurrencies have taken both Wall Street and Main Street by storm in 2017.  The nearly continuous gains in the price of Bitcoin have spawned numerous imitators and led a number of companies to raise critical start-up funds by selling their own token/cryptocurrency in a process similar to an initial public… Read More

The unregulated nature of virtual currencies like Bitcoin plays a big role in their appeal. However, wild swings in prices in addition to the perception that these markets are subject to manipulation, make it difficult—if not impossible—for the average person to rely heavily on Bitcoin and other virtual currencies as a currency, much less as… Read More

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