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Department of Justice Settles Virtual Currency Enforcement Action

The US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California recently settled an enforcement action against Ripple Labs Inc., a Delaware corporation providing virtual currency exchange services. According to the settlement...more

OFAC on Bitcoin—Learning Before Actively Regulating

Before a government agency issues regulations implementing a new law—or applies existing regulations to a new technology—it has to do some groundwork. The agency will interpret its authorizing legislation and executive...more

Do You Have a Data Breach Response Plan? U.S. Department of Justice Thinks You Should

In the wake of significant retailer data breaches in 2013 and 2014, and additional significant breaches continuing in 2015, a trend is clearly developing — an expectation of proactive risk identification and mitigation from a...more

FinCEN Resolves First Enforcement Action Against Virtual Currency Exchange

On May 5, a virtual currency company and its subsidiary agreed to pay a $700,000 civil money penalty for violating multiple provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), in which both companies acted as a money service business...more

FinCEN and Department of Justice Settle Anti-Money Laundering Charges Against Crypto-Currency Company Ripple Labs

On May 5, Ripple Labs (Ripple) entered into a consent decree with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), under which Ripple admitted to conduct that violated U.S. anti-money laundering (AML) laws and agreed to...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Moximed Secures $33 Million in Financing

Moximed, based in Hayward, Calif., is focused on developing minimally invasive, joint preserving solutions for patients with knee osteoarthritis....more

SEC Releases New Guidance Related to Investment Funds and Cybersecurity Risks

On April 28, 2015, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management released a Guidance Update titled Cybersecurity Guidance (the “Guidance”). The Guidance represents the latest evidence of the SEC’s continued focus on...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

FinCEN Announces First Civil Enforcement Action Against Virtual Currency Exchanger

Continuing its aggressive anti-money laundering enforcement agenda, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced yesterday that it had commenced the first-ever civil enforcement action...more

SEC Publishes Cybersecurity Guidance for Registered Investment Companies and Advisers

On April 30, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management issued IM Guidance Update No. 2015-02 which highlights measures that investment companies and advisers may wish to consider in addressing cybersecurity risks....more

Cybersecurity Guidance for Registered Investment Advisers

On April 28, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a Guidance Update addressing the importance of cybersecurity and the steps registered investment advisers (and registered investment companies) may wish to...more

SEC Staff Issues Update Guidance Regarding Cybersecurity

Recently, the Staff of the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Staff”) issued updated Guidance that highlights the importance of cybersecurity of registered investment funds and...more

NLRB to define an employer’s duty to a labor union following a data breach

In October 2014, the United States Postal Service (USPS) disclosed a cybersecurity data breach affecting approximately 800,000 current and former employees. The USPS later determined that, for some, the breach may have...more

FFIEC’s Seven Cybersecurity Priorities for 2015

While others were waiting for spring to arrive, community bank officers and directors were waiting for the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) to provide additional guidance on its cybersecurity...more

Claims Must Be Limited to Financial Activities to Be Covered Business Methods - Salesforce.com, Inc. v. Applications in Internet...

Narrowing the application of covered business method (CBM) patent review, in two recent cases, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) concluded that patents whose claims may apply to industries other than the...more

Federal and State Agencies Announce $714 Million FX Settlement

On March 19, four federal and state agencies –DOJ, the Department of Labor (DOL), the SEC, and New York Attorney General – entered into a proposed $714 million settlement agreement against a large bank to resolve allegations...more

Restrictions Eased for Communications-Related Items Exported to Sudan

On February 18, 2015, in a coordinated action, the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced and implemented changes to the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate HELP Committee Hosts Hearing on Medical Innovation... HHS Announces Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model... CBO Releases New Long-range Cost Estimates for ACA....more

SEC Releases Results of Cybersecurity Exam Sweep

We’re a bit behind on this, but better (a little bit) late than never. Last month the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections and Examinations released the first results of its Cybersecurity Examination Initiative, announced...more

New York Proposes Tough New Anti-Money Laundering and Cybersecurity Measures on Financial Services Companies

Action Item: Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services for New York State, one of the country’s most aggressive regulators, is seeking to increase regulatory pressures on the financial services industry,...more

SEC Report: Just How Prepared are Broker-Dealers and Advisors for Cyber- Attacks?

On February 3, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published a highly-anticipated summary of its examination sweep of 57 registered broker-dealers...more

Spain: €13 Million to Promote 27 Smart Cities

The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism will finance up to 80% of 13 projects linked to the development of smart cities, from which 27 Spanish cities are expected to benefit....more

NIH Announces New One-Grant-at-a-Time Policy

In a move designed to stretch budget dollars and spread the research wealth, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announced last week that starting next year, it will impose a one-grant-at-a-time policy...more

Will 2015 Bring New Regulations for Bitcoin Users?  [Video]

Jan. 9, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Houman Shadab, professor at New York Law School, talks with Lee Pacchia about the emerging regulatory landscape for people and companies using bitcoin....more

SEC Fines Virtual Currency Operator For Alleged Registration Violations

On December 8, the SEC fined a computer programmer $68,387.07 for operating two separate online exchanges that traded securities using virtual currency without registering the businesses as broker dealers. Further, the SEC...more

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