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Category Archives: Financial Services Law

Department of Justice Settles Virtual Currency Enforcement Action

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The US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California recently settled an enforcement action against Ripple Labs Inc., a Delaware corporation providing virtual currency exchange services. According to the settlement agreement, Ripple Labs was not registered with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) as a money services business (MSB) pursuant to the Bank Secrecy …

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SAFEs and KISSes Poised to Be the Next Generation of Startup Financing

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In late 2013, startup accelerator Y Combinator unveiled its Simple Agreement for Future Equity (“SAFE”) investment instrument as an alternative to convertible debt. While SAFE templates appeared in different varieties, the purported goal was to create a standardized set of basic funding terms between startups and investors while deferring decisions about valuation, liquidation preferences and …

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Quicken Loans Takes on the DOJ & HUD

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Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed mortgage lender,filed suit on Friday, April 17 in the United States District Court in Detroit against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In the suit, Quicken alleged that it is a target of a probe in …

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Bank of America’s Inconsistent Positions re: Faulty Residential Mortgage-backed Securities

Bank of America recently moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Ambac Assurance Corp. in New York state court, alleging $600 million in damages for fraudulent inducement in connection with payments it made under policies insuring faulty residential mortgage-backed securities issued by Countrywide. In its complaint filed at the end of 2014, Ambac claims that it insured securities …

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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0 Encryption Declared “No Longer Acceptable” to Protect Data

On Friday, February 13, 2015, the Payment Cards Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (Council) posted a bulletin to its website, becoming the first regulatory body to publicly pronounce that Secure Socket Layers (SSL) version 3.0 (and by inference, any earlier version) is “no longer… acceptable for protection of data due to inherent weaknesses within the protocol” …

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