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Birds of a Feather: The 5th Circuit Joins the 8th and 9th Circuits’ Narrow View of the MBTA’s Take Prohibition

On September 4, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held in United States v. CITGO Petroleum Co. that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s take prohibition does not include the unintentional take of migratory...more

Federal Authorities Announce Settlement with Ripple Labs Inc. Resolving Investigation

Federal authorities announced this week a settlement with Ripple Labs Inc. and its subsidiary, XRP Fund II, resolving an investigation by FinCEN and the Department of Justice into violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.  ...more

Busy Week for AML Enforcement in SDNY

This was a banner week in AML enforcement for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. First, the SDNY, on behalf of FinCEN, announced it has filed an enforcement action against Thomas Haider, the...more

Conference of State Bank Supervisors Releases Policy Statement and Draft Model Regulatory Framework for Virtual Currency

Yesterday, December 16, 2014, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (“CSBS”) released a Policy Statement on state virtual currency regulation, and a Draft Model Regulatory Framework (“Draft Framework”) to support its...more

Government Brings Important Case Against Illegal Marketplace “Silk Road;” Government Acknowledges Lawful Uses Of Bitcoin

The virtual currency industry is in the news once again following the October 1, 2013, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s shutdown of the “Silk Road” website. As part of the shutdown of the well-known underworld bazaar, the...more

10/4/2013  /  Bitcoin , FBI , Silk Road , Virtual Currency

Virtual Currency: Government Scrutiny Continues To Grow

Riding the coattails of an August 6, 2013 federal court ruling that alleged Ponzi-schemer Trendon Shavers’ Bitcoin-based investment scheme constituted an investment contract, and therefore a “security” under the federal...more

Court Maintains Bitcoin-Related Investment Scheme Is A Security Under The Federal Securities Laws

In response to the SEC’s first civil complaint arising from online virtual currency trading, alleged Bitcoin Ponzi schemer Trendon Shavers recently challenged the district court’s authority to hear the case. ...more

Bitcoin Under SEC Scrutiny: First Civil Prosecution Brought Against Alleged Virtual Currency Ponzi Scheme Company

On July 23, 2013, the SEC ventured into the electronic currency world by filing a civil complaint against virtual currency “trader” Trendon Shavers and his company, Bitcoin Savings and Trust, in the U.S. District Court for...more

7/30/2013  /  Bitcoin , Ponzi Scheme , SEC , Virtual Currency

SEC Answers Frequently Asked Questions About Conflict Minerals Disclosure — Finally

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (the Commission or SEC) Division of Corporation Finance provided answers to questions regarding the Commission’s rules adopted in response to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and...more

Federal Government Crackdown On Virtual Currency Heats Up

Asset Seizures and Arrests Mark Recent Federal Virtual Currency Enforcement Actions - Federal authorities have initiated several recent enforcement actions that are indicative of continuing regulatory changes in the...more

Perils Of The Global Supply Chain Series, Part 3: Groundbreaking ‘Honey Laundering’ Sting Signals New Era In Supply Chain...

Supply chain compliance is on the government’s enforcement radar like never before. If the recent Executive Order on Trafficking in Government Contracts and final SEC Conflict Minerals Rules were not notice enough, the...more

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