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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

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - August 2014

In This Issue: - Lawmakers Urge Fed to Clarify Emergency Lending Rules - CFPB Pushing Colleges to Be More Transparent in Bank Deals - Report Finds Reversal in Trend Toward Subprime Auto Loans - CFPB Concerned...more

The Return of Biotech IPOs

Biotech IPO market activity has recently returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. This has been brought about in part by the accommodations afforded issuers under the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act...more

Brazil revises law on tax treatment of cross-border payments for data centers located abroad

Newly published Brazilian Interpretative Act (Ato Declaratório Interpretativo) N. 7/2014 expresses the Brazilian IRS’s view regarding the tax treatment applicable to cross-border payments for the use of data centers located...more

New Data Disposal Law in Delaware Requires Action by Impacted Businesses

While the federal government continues its inaction on data security bills pending in Congress, some U.S. states have been busy at work on this issue over the summer. A new Delaware law H.B. 295, signed into law on July 1,...more

New York’s Proposed Regulation of Bitcoin Businesses - Polishing Up or Polishing Off?

Thousands of commenters on New York’s proposed virtual currency regulations have had mixed reactions. The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) recently extended the public comment period until October 21....more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

Blurred Lines

Mobile payments are taking off, and by 2017, consumers worldwide are likely to be using the technology to spend $700 billion or more annually, according to Forrester Research. But as technology companies look for ways to...more

New York Extends Comment Period For BitLicense Proposal

This week, the New York DFS announced the extension of the comment period on its proposal to create a regulatory licensing framework for virtual currency companies, including a so-called BitLicense. Given the “significant...more

OCC Releases Revised Comptroller’s Handbook

On August 20, the OCC released an updated booklet providing guidance to examiners and bankers on assessing and managing the risks associated with merchant processing activities. ...more

Judge Rakoff Rules that Bitcoin Is Money in New York Federal Court

On August 19, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a ruling in the case of Robert Faiella, holding that bitcoins are “money,” citing the plain meaning of the term in The...more

Driving Down the Cost of Health Care Through Next Generation Networks

Current and future health care delivery models are quickly outgrowing legacy communications architectures, which lack the structural flexibility and, more importantly, the control and security of Next Generation Networks, or...more

USDA Announces Value-Added Producer Grants To Support The Bioeconomy

On August 19, 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Agency is investing $25 million to support 247 businesses throughout the country under the Value-Added Producer Grant program (the program). The...more

Secret Service Raises Warning About Backoff POS Malware

The Secret Service, which investigates financial crimes, issued a security Alert on July 31, 2014, warning of malware named “Backoff” that was being used to steal payment card data from point-of-sale (POS) systems. The Alert...more

Cybersecurity: How well are Latin American banks protected against cyber attacks?

Inter-American Dialogue's Latin America Advisor asked Marcela Cristina Blanco, associate attorney in Diaz Reus’ Bogota, Colombia office: How Well Do Latin American Banks Protect Against Cyber Attacks?...more

DOE Announces Intent To Issue Funding Opportunity For Algae Biofuels And Bioproducts

On August 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) sometime in September to help reduce the cost of algae biofuels and bioproducts. DOE explains...more

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory Concerning Risks of Virtual Currencies; Announces it Will Accept Consumer Complaints Regarding...

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued a consumer advisory (the “Advisory”) in which it describes risks faced by consumers when engaging in transactions that involve virtual currencies. The CFPB also...more

HUD Notice Has Potential To Encourage Broad PHA Renewable Energy Rollout

In an effort to support President Obama's July 2013 Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued Notice PIH-2014-18 (HA). The notice offers guidance on federal incentives for...more

Financial Services Update: Crypto-currencies in Australia – specifically bitcoin

While the use of crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin have increased in popularity in Australia there has very little legal clarification provided by regulators or legislators in relation to its legal status....more

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory on the “Wild West” of the Virtual Currency Economy

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) recently issued a consumer advisory summarizing the purported risks of virtual currencies, and announced that it would begin collecting complaints from the public regarding...more

Tax update: Australian tax and GST treatment of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies

Earlier today the ATO released its long awaited public guidance on the Australian tax and GST treatment of bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. This guidance was originally scheduled to be released on 30 June 2014. It was...more

New EU Sanctions Target Russian Oil Sector, State-Owned Banks and Military Exports

The European Union (EU) enacted Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (the Regulation), which contains ‘Stage 3’ sanctions against Russia. These sanctions resemble – but in other ways are different – from the latest US...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Virtual Currency Advisory

The US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an advisory on the risks of virtual currencies. The advisory was issued two months after the Government Accountability Office requested that the CFPB look more...more

Privacy Tuesday: August 2014 #2

There is another retail data breach to talk about in this Privacy Tuesday post – privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week....more

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