Blockchain Litigation Year in Review (Part 1): Lessons From 2019 And What’s Ahead For 2020

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When is a digital asset a security or a commodity? Are SAFTs safe? Does hyping blockchain create an expectation of profit? Is blockchain a trademark, trade secret or neither? Are free tokens tax-free? Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? Does cryptocurrency guarantee semi-anonymity even in discovery? Can blockchain demonstrate membership in a class action? Are blockchain regulatory bodies real or bogus? Can election candidates incentivize engagement with cryptocurrency? Do companies have a duty of care in managing customer tokens? Does hyping blockchain create an expectation of profit? These questions and many more were the subject of FinTech litigation in 2019.

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