UPDATED June 16, 2020 | The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread economic hardship for businesses of all sizes, with stay-at-home orders just now starting to be lifted after months in effect. Among the bipartisan actions taken by the federal government to support the business community was a concerted effort to provide forgivable loans to small businesses.
Two United Services Automobile Association mobile check deposit patents have escaped Patent Trial and Appeal Board review unscathed after a determination that challenger Wells Fargo, which a jury said should pay $200 million for infringing one of the patents and a separate patent, didn't show the claims were obvious.
The Libra Association has brought aboard a former Credit Suisse managing director and banking regulator to serve as general counsel for its operating subsidiary Libra Networks LLC as the organization pushes forward on its digital currency initiative.
Creditors of bankrupt cryptocurrency investment venture Cred Inc. lost a bid Wednesday to have the Delaware Bankruptcy Court order certain currency exchanges to freeze assets they say are linked to fraudulent diversions from the company.
Morrison & Foerster LLP has fired off a final effort to shut down allegations that the firm discriminates against mothers before the claims wind up before a jury, insisting that the two accusers remaining in the litigation ignore the facts and rely on "self-righteous say-so."
Intuit will have to sell off Credit Karma's tax business to win the U.S. Department of Justice's blessing for its $7.1 billion acquisition of the credit reporting upstart, the agency revealed Wednesday.
Appeals courts will take on several important insurance coverage issues in 2020's final month, with the Delaware Supreme Court set to weigh whether an excess insurer must contribute to Dole's $222 million settlements of stockholder suits and Indiana's high court primed to consider whether a ransomware attack is covered by crime insurance. Here, Law360 breaks down four insurance appeals attorneys will be watching in December.
The selection of former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as treasury secretary in the incoming Biden administration could position the Financial Stability Oversight Council to step up its scrutiny of the nonbank sector, a corner of the financial system that is drawing renewed concerns about its potential fragility.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Monday asked a federal judge in Atlanta to give it an automatic win in litigation against a bogus forex trader who conned more than 10,000 investors out of a total $3.9 million selling a phony foreign exchange trading software product.
Russian e-commerce platform Ozon Holdings PLC went public Tuesday after raising nearly $1 billion in an upsized initial public offering, steered by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and underwriters counsel Latham & Watkins LLP.
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced Tuesday that it will disable its margin lending product in response to guidance issued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in March, shuttering the platform less than a year after its launch.
Coinbase Inc., which is a virtual currency exchange, will not provide Forms 1099-K to its U.S.-based customers next year, the company said in updated guidance published Tuesday.
With a Joe Biden presidency around the corner and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton officially announcing he'll depart by year-end, industry attorneys believe in-house legal and compliance professionals at financial firms should expect a more aggressive incoming enforcement regime.
A divided U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed rules on Tuesday easing how private companies can compensate workers through stock, including short-term "gig" workers who are not traditional employees and depend on equity absent a steady paycheck.
Two payday lender trade groups told a Texas federal judge that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau still hasn't shown why it should be allowed to move forward with the remainder of its 2017 payday lending rule, pressing to bring their more than two-year-old court challenge to a close.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday urged China-based issuers to fully disclose risks regarding the reliability of their financial statements and related legal matters, marking the latest attempt by regulators to answer concerns that investors may not be getting full information.
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asked a California district judge on Monday — for a second time — to make a business owner and his firm pay more than $53 million for their role in an alleged $11.8 million student debt relief scheme.
The U.S. Department of Justice has blasted Visa and Plaid for pushing an "infeasible" timeline for a trial over their proposed $5.3 billion tie-up that is seven months sooner than the agency's preferred September start date.
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as his nominee for Treasury secretary, picking the esteemed economist to become potentially the first woman to serve in the key Cabinet position, according to media reports on Monday.
A New York federal judge tossed a lawsuit by an alleged pump-and-dump scheme mastermind asking for his attorney fees to be paid by a cryptocurrency company involved in the alleged scheme, ordering the man to pay the company's fees instead.
A Florida federal judge issued a stern warning in lieu of sanctions Friday to two attorneys who lender BlueChip Financial and its CEO claimed had pursued frivolous Fair Credit Reporting Act violation claims against them, cautioning the lawyers that they were "on thin ice."
Federal prosecutors asked a New York federal judge to disregard a blockchain platform developer's bid to dismiss the indictment alleging he broke the law by helping North Korea try to circumvent U.S. sanctions using cryptocurrency.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Friday floated a proposed rule that would limit big banks' ability to turn away fossil fuel companies, gun manufacturers and other "politically controversial" businesses, citing concerns about the banking system being misused to advance ideological agendas.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a California federal judge that its case against a Jack Abramoff-connected company and its CEO that allegedly bilked investors out of $5.6 million for a purportedly improved version of bitcoin should be allowed to go forward because the tokens are a security.
Outgoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton built a record that focused on easing capital formation from day one, a priority welcomed by capital markets attorneys, albeit over objections from investor protection advocates.
A New York federal judge on Thursday granted a bid by a unit of financial services provider Fiserv to exit an action over nearly $620,000 that was collected by embattled payment processor Linx Card for cannabis purchases at retailers around the country.
Other corporations may follow MicroStrategy's lead and invest in problematic Bitcoin, in what appears to be a new chapter of irresponsible corporate behavior, says cybersecurity consultant John Reed Stark.
Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.
As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.
Data privacy is likely to be a key area of legislative and enforcement focus for President-elect Joe Biden, and consumer financial protection is expected to be an immediate priority due to the economic impact of the pandemic, with the most drastic shift likely to occur at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.
The U.S. Department of Justice used a trove of internal Visa email and other communications to show how the $5.3 billion Plaid merger might limit competition — providing a cautionary tale of how internal documents can endanger a transaction that shows few antitrust concerns on the surface, says Tammy Zhu at Medallia.
Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.
Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.
U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.
The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.
Preventative measures do not sufficiently protect against email compromise scams, which have become increasingly prevalent during the pandemic, so businesses, governments and educational institutions should have post-breach investigation processes in place, says Jonathan Osborne at Gunster.
In this brief video, Amy Greer and Valerie Mirko at Baker McKenzie examine what a government led by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could mean for the securities industry, regulatory leadership and financial policy.
Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.
Recent statements from two U.S. Department of the Treasury offices indicate that paying off ransomware with cryptocurrency may trigger certain registration requirements and U.S. sanctions scrutiny, placing a significant regulatory burden on cybervictims and their incident response consultants, say attorneys at McDermott.
Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.