North Dakota Regulator Issues Cease and Desists Against 3 ICOs

The North Dakota Securities Department last week issued cease-and-desist orders against three companies promoting initial coin offering (ICO) in the state. Karen Tyler, the Securities Commissioner, named Crystal Token, Advertiza Holdings (Pty) Ltd., and Life Cross Coin aka LifecrosscoinGmbH, as the latest offenders involved in illegal business practices related to cryptocurrencies. Investigations found that the accused

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UK: Cryptocurrency Regulations May Take 2 Years for Lawmakers to Draft

bitcoin britain uk cryptocurrencyCryptocurrency regulations in the UK could take up to 24 months to be introduced according to a legal expert at a UK based law firm. James Kaufmann, Legal Director at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) UK, while commenting on the subject in a statement published by his company, said it could take two years to introduce such

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CFTC Cracks Down Harder on Cryptocurrency Fraud Under Trump

bitcoin cryptocurrency crime fraud jailThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has bolstered its police actions in the last fiscal year, driven largely by cryptocurrency cases, according to The Wall Street Journal. Under President Trump, the federal derivatives market regulator levied about $900 million in civil penalties in 2018 alone, exceeding the annual amount in five of the eight years

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Court Authorizes Cryptocurrency Firm to Reclaim 530 ETH Sent to Wrong Address

ethereum cryptocurrency lawThe Supreme Court of British Columbia has issued a major ruling in a case stemming from a dispute over ethereum (ETH) tokens mistakenly sent to an initial coin offering (ICO) investor, and it could have implications for cryptocurrency users or exchanges outside of the litigants involved in the case. The ruling, which was issued by

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Indian Authorities Round up on Bitcoin Scammer’s Properties Worth $60 Million

The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) attached $60 million worth of assets in connection with its probe against Amit Bhardwaj in the alleged Bitcoin Ponzi fraud of $5.26 billion. The Indian law enforcement agency has attached immovable properties of the owner of GainBitcoin.com, including six offices in Dubai and the residential apartments and bank balances of

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Kraken CEO Powell ‘Thanks’ New York AG For Its Crypto Research

Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken, doesn’t like the way the New York State cryptocurrency regulators have treated him, but he doesn’t think their research is without its merits. After calling the regulators abusive in an earlier tweet today, he followed up by tweeting that the agency’s research in a recently released report has saved his

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Buyer’s Remorse? Cryptocurrency Lawsuits Have Tripled Since 2017

Cryptocurrency lawsuits increased threefold in the first two quarters of 2018 compared to the whole of last year. This is according to a report prepared by Lex Machina, a legal analytics firm. Last year, the number of cases mentioning bitcoin, cryptocurrency or blockchain amounted to just 15 ,but in the first and the second quarters

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Mt. Gox Begins Taking Claims from Corporate Bitcoin Creditors

Defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has opened up its online rehabilitation claim filing system to corporate creditors who were holding cryptocurrency funds on the platform when it went belly up in 2014. Mt. Gox rehabilitation trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi made the announcement in a document dated Sept. 12 and published on the Tokyo-based bitcoin exchange operator’s

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Ripple, R3 Reach Settlement in Multibillion Dollar Cryptocurrency Lawsuit

Blockchain companies Ripple and R3 have reached an undisclosed settlement on “all outstanding litigation,” putting an end to a legal spat involving a tranche of cryptocurrency tokens once worth as much as $19 billion. In a brief statement published on Monday, the San Francisco-based Ripple announced the settlement, stating that the terms would remain confidential.

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Legal aspects of STOs: An Interview with a Blockchain Lawyer

About the Lawyer: Diana Stetiu is a Romanian law qualified lawyer, holding a law degree and an LLM degree from the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. Diana is a Senior Associate leading the Tech law practice with Bulboaca & Asociatii, she is also a member of the Banking & Finance and Capital Markets team.

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