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US District Court Judge Holds Plaintiffs Made Sufficient Showing That Token Is Security to Survive a Motion to Dismiss

Recent posts have discussed proceedings brought by the SEC in connection with ICOs that violated the securities laws.  But private plaintiffs can also bring suits alleging violations of securities laws

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ICO, ICO Litigation, Litigation, US

SEC’S First Cases for Improperly Touting ICOs are Brought Against Celebrities DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather

The U.S. SEC has shown it seriousness in cracking down on noncompliant ICOs by pursuing enforcement in a number of different ways.  We have reported on the SEC’s recent first-time

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ICO, SEC, Touting, US

LabCFTC Releases Primer on Smart Contracts

LabCFTC, the FinTech engagement arm of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), this week released a primer on smart contracts that provides examples of contract logic, describes a decentralized blockchain,

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CFTC, Cryptocurrency, Enforcement, US

U.S. District Court Declines to Accept SEC’s Argument that Token is a “Security” Until It Can Resolve Disputed Questions of Fact

On November 27, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California issued a decision that is already being reported as one holding that a token is not a

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ICO, SEC, Security Token, US

SEC’s First Cases Imposing Civil Penalties Solely for ICO Securities Offering Registration Violations

On Friday, November 16, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had settled charges against two companies that

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ICO, SEC, US

U.S. SEC Issues Statement on Digital Asset Securities Issuance and Trading

Last Friday, November 16, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Investment Management, and Division

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Broker-Dealer, ICO, SEC, US

SEC Takes First Step in Cracking Down on Digital Token Trading Platforms

On November 8, the SEC settled charges against Zachary Coburn, the founder of EtherDelta, a digital token trading platform.  This

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Cryptocurrency, Enforcement, Exchanges, SEC, US

SEC Suspends Trading in Company for Making False Cryptocurrency-Related Claims about SEC Regulation and Registration

Last week we reported that the US SEC stopped a fraudulent ICO that falsely claimed that it had SEC approval. 

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ICO, SEC, US

Report Shows Underbelly of Cryptocurrency Money Laundering

On October 10, CipherTrace – a developer of cryptocurrency AML, bitcoin forensics, and blockchain threat solutions – released its Cryptocurrency

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AML, Cryptocurrency, Money Laundering, US

SEC Stops Fraudulent ICO That Falsely Claimed SEC Approval

The U.S. SEC announced yesterday that it had stopped what sounds like the most brazen fake ICO yet.  According to

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ICO, ICO Litigation, SEC, US

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