Goodwin Procter LLP

Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht Receives Life Sentence

On May 29, 2015, after a lengthy criminal investigation and multi-week trial, Ross Ulbricht, the mastermind behind Silk Road—one of the most famous enterprises to utilize Bitcoin currency—was sentenced to life in prison in a…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Business Litigation Reporter - May 2015

Lawsuit Dismissed Where Defendant Hulu Did Not “Knowingly” Disclose Personal Identifying Information. In In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation, 2015 WL 1503506 (N.D. Cal. March 31, 2015), the plaintiffs alleged that Hulu had…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Securities Law

Massachusetts Attorney General Announces Safe Harbor for Earned Sick Time for 2015

In November 2014, Massachusetts adopted a new Earned Sick Time Law (ESTL) by a ballot initiative. An overview of the ESTL is in the Goodwin Procter Client Alert dated November 14, 2014…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Six Pillars of Engagement: What You Need to Know About Using AFAs in Litigation

In recent years, increasing numbers of corporate legal departments have explored alternatives to the traditional hourly rate method of law firm billing in litigation matters. As a firm that has actively embraced such alternative…more
| Law Practice Products & Services

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #5

SEC Enforcement Action on FCPA Compliance – Check the Box Is Not Enough. On May 20 the SEC announced that global resources company BHP Billiton had agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it had violated the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #3

SEC Proposals to Enhance Investment Company and Investment Adviser Reporting: As we went to press, the SEC commissioners announced that they had voted to approve two proposals. The first was for new and amended rules and forms…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

OCC, FRB, and FDIC Push Ahead on Reducing Regulation of Community Banks

On May 4, 2015, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry, Federal Reserve Board (FRB) Governor Daniel Tarullo, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman Martin Gruenberg held the third in a series of outreach…more
| Finance & Banking

CFPB Files Amicus Brief Regarding TILA’s Definition of “Consumer Credit”

In its most recent amicus brief, filed with the Fifth Circuit on April 9, 2015 in Billings v. Propel Financial Services, LLC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) argues that entities who lend consumers money to pay…more
| Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

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 orders…more
| Administrative Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #2

Senator Shelby Releases Discussion Draft of Financial Regulatory Bill. On May 12 Senator Richard Shelby, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, announced that the Committee had…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

HUD Revamps its DSAP Program To Require More Borrower Assistance

Beginning with its next sale in June 2015, HUD will have new, stricter requirements for entities that purchase distressed loans as part of the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (“DASP”), a development we initially covered…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015

In This Issue – More on the SEC Whistleblower Program. In the April 8 issue of the Roundup we reported on the SEC’s administrative proceedings based on findings that restrictive language in a form confidentiality…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Securities Law

Commerce Department Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad Due as Soon as May 29, 2015

U.S. companies that owned 10% or more of the voting securities of a foreign business enterprise at any time during the U.S. company’s 2014 fiscal year must submit a report to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Overstock.com Considers Issuing Digital Securities

Overstock.com has been a leader in embracing digital currency, and now the company wants to embrace digital securities. On April 24th, Overstock.com filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

European Securities Regulator Calls for Information Concerning Virtual Currency

On April 22, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) – the European Union’s (“EU”) securities watchdog agency – issued a formal call for evidence regarding investments using virtual currency or distributed…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law
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