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First Bitcoin Swap Proposed

According to Reuters reports on September 12, TeraExchange, LLC, received approval from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to begin listing an over-the-counter swap that is based on the price of a bitcoin. ...more

FINRA Board to Consider Rule Proposals Regarding Private Trading Platforms

The Board of Governors (the Board) of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is scheduled to meet on September 19 to consider rule proposals requiring heightened oversight of computerized trading strategies and greater...more

Ukraine Crisis Update: US and EU Expand and Align Sanctions

The US and EU take coordinated action to broaden and align their Russia-related sanctions — which may evolve further depending on Ukraine peace plan progress. On September 12, 2014, the US and the EU announced new and...more

FCA issues considerations on the procurement of off the shelf technology solutions (United Kingdom)

In July, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA - the financial regulatory body in the United Kingdom) issued a paper titled "Considerations for firms thinking of using third-party technology (off-the-shelf) banking solutions"...more

United States Tightens Sanctions Against Russian Financial, Defense, and Energy Sectors

On September 12, 2014, the United States issued another round of targeted sanctions against the Russian financial, defense, and energy sectors. Today’s measures were a combination of new measures and modifications of prior...more

Despite Fragile Peace in Ukraine, U.S. Sanctions Keep on Coming

On Friday, the White House issued new sanctions against Russia in response to Russian troop advances in eastern Ukraine that helped turn the tide of the conflict. However, a fragile truce was struck a week ago between...more

US and EU Impose Additional Sanctions on Russia

The United States and European Union implemented new sanctions against Russia on 12 September 2014 as a result of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. While the new US and EU measures share many similarities, companies subject to...more

Sanctions Update: European Union imposes further measures in respect of Russia/Ukraine

This morning, the EU published further sanctions to increase the pressure on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine. The new measures add to the already complex restrictions in place and should be carefully considered....more

European Union Sanctions Against Russia - September 2014 Expansion of Sanctions

As NATO and the EU seeks to increase pressure on Russia and the Crimea, the EU expanded its sanctions against Russia on 12 September. This is the latest in a series of measures introduced since March in response to the...more

Virtual Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

Argentina - In addition to issuing warnings about their use, Argentina has suggested an increased interest in virtual currency transactions by requiring financial institutions and other entities to report virtual...more

Target Files Motion to Dismiss Data Breach Lawsuit

By now, we all know about the massive data breach at national retailer Target over the 2013 holiday season. The cyber-attack was carried out by sophisticated criminal hackers, who allegedly gained access to Target’s network...more

U.S. Bancorp v. Solutran, Inc. (PTAB 2014)

In the weeks since the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Supreme Court decision, we have been watching patents and applications fall left and right due to use of that case's more stringent test regarding patent-eligibility. This test...more

Adoption of a new European legal framework applicable to cross-border electronic identification and e-signatures

The European Parliament and the Council adopted on 23 July 2014 a regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the Internal Market (the "Regulation"). Before that, the Directive on...more

Levick Monthly - September, 2014, Edition 14: GMO's: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down

In This Issue: - GMO's: A Spoonful Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down - PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Campus Sexual Assault: Can Congress Compel Colleges To Act? - CORPORATE & REPUTATION - Police Militarization: The Problem...more

Digital Health Investments Dominated by Software Plays in July

Healthcare software dominates the list of top digital health investments in July. Of the 10 digital health companies that received venture, private equity or angel investments of $10 million or more, six provide software...more

Eastern District Court of Texas Holds that Bitcoin Investments Are Securities

On August 26, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held that the Bitcoin investments at issue are “investment contracts” and “securities” within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Exchange...more

Manatt Digital Media - September 2014

Welcome to Issue #1 of the Manatt Digital Media (MDM) newsletter. Initially, we will publish these monthly—and look forward to receiving your feedback, since we want this to be a conversation and bring information and...more

Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - First Half 2014

Background — We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during H1 2014. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US...more

Status Updates - August 2014 #13

..Blind spots. Self-driving cars are an excellent example of innovation, and the ones with Google technology have already traveled more than 700,000 miles. But what if a self-driving car doesn’t “see” a new traffic light or a...more

Bitcoin – Haven In Hong Kong? - Part Ten

“Virtual currencies” in general, and bitcoin in particular, continue to attract media attention as well as intense public and regulatory scrutiny. The regulators seem to have realized that the bitcoin genie is out of the...more

Nebraska Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Suit Claiming Breach Of Contract, Violation of State Law for Unauthorized Credit Card...

On August 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska denied motions to dismiss filed by a Nebraska bank and two credit card processing companies in response to a purported class action filed by a merchant...more

Mobile payments update

Any mobile payment this summer? As you probably know, this is an ever growing market. According to a study of the Politecnico of Milan, the new “Mobile and App Economy” was worth 25.4 billion euro in 2013 and can reach...more

Federal District Court Holds Bitcoin Is Money

On August 19, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Bitcoin is “money” in a memorandum order denying a defendant’s motion to dismiss a federal money laundering charge. Faiella et al. v....more

Bitcoin Regulatory Update: CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory Regarding Virtual Currencies, Begins Accepting Complaints

On August 11, 2014, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (“CFBP”) issued a consumer advisory warning customers of the potential risks associated with virtual currencies....more

Status Updates - August 2014 #12

..What’s not to like? The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that an employee’s Facebook “like” approving of another employee’s statements about their employer may constitute “concerted activity” under federal labor...more

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