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Poonam Mehta

Legal Contributor , ETHNews | pmehta@ethnews.com

Poonam is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of California and a legal contributor for ETHNews on virtual currency regulation. Poonam holds value in Ether.
NEWS
law and legislation

California Assembly Revisits Virtual Currency Legislation

Apr 6th, 2017
Poonam Mehta
California Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D) introduced Assembly Bill 1123, which enacts a virtual currency licensing scheme, to promote dialogue between California legislators and the virtual currency community.
NEWS
law and legislation

Virtual Currency Businessman’s Legal Battle Against BitLicense Enforcement

Mar 23rd, 2017
Poonam Mehta
The New York State Legislature gave supervision and regulation authority to the New York Department of Financial Services, which requires virtual currency businesses operating within the state to have a BitLicense. Virtual currency business owner Theo Chino commenced an action against the State, arguing that the DFS does not have the authority to enforce the BitLicense.
NEWS
law and legislation

NH House Passes Amended Bill To Exempt VC Businesses From Money Transmitter Registration

Mar 9th, 2017
Poonam Mehta
On March 8, 2017, the New Hampshire House passed House Bill 436, which exempts virtual currency businesses from registering for a money transmitter license.
NEWS
law and legislation

Maine Proposes Commission To Study Using Blockchain And Paper Ballots For Elections

Mar 9th, 2017
Poonam Mehta
Maine Senators have submitted a new proposal that creates a commission to study the use of blockchain technology in addition to traditional paper ballots for future elections.
NEWS
law and legislation

Texas Legislature Proposes Constitutional Amendment To Protect Consumers’ Virtual Currency Rights

Mar 7th, 2017
Poonam Mehta
Texas Representative Matt Schaefer filed House Joint Resolution 89 that proposes to amend the Texas constitution by establishing virtual currency rights and limiting subsequent efforts to regulate digital currency.
law and legislation

State Lawmakers Increasing Their Focus On VC & Blockchain Technology

Feb 18th, 2017
Poonam Mehta
Lawmakers throughout the nation have introduced legislation to explore virtual currency and blockchain technology. Some states are exploring ways in which the technology can boost the local economy while others are implementing specific use cases.
NEWS
law and legislation

Trial for Co-Conspirators Involved With Coin.mx Bitcoin Exchange Begins in New York

Feb 17th, 2017
Poonam Mehta
Yuri Lebedev and Trevor Gross stood trial on February 16, 2017, in Manhattan federal court on charges of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, stemming from their involvement with the unlicensed bitcoin exchange Coin.mx.
NEWS
law and legislation

[UPDATED] Virginia Legislature Passes Bill Regulating Fiduciary Access To Digital Assets

Feb 14th, 2017
Poonam Mehta
Virginia House Bill 1608, the Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, passed unanimously in the House on January 26, 2017, and the Senate on February 8, 2017, and was approved by Governor McAuliffe on February 17, 2017. The bill will go in to effect on July 1, 2017.
NEWS
law and legislation

Congress Re-launches Bipartisan Blockchain Caucus

Feb 10th, 2017
Poonam Mehta
The new caucus will educate other members of Congress to encourage meaningful blockchain-related legislation.
NEWS
law and legislation

IRS Summons Served on Coinbase: Court Grants Request to Continue Hearing

Feb 3rd, 2017
Poonam Mehta
A federal court grants a stipulation filed by the government to move the hearing date for motions to intervene filed by Coinbase and Coinbase customer Jeffrey K. Berns.
business and finance

Coinbase Awarded BitLicense

Jan 18th, 2017
Poonam Mehta
Coinbase has finally obtained a BitLicense.
law and legislation

Re-introduced CA Virtual Currency Bill Shows Promise

Aug 21st, 2016
Jeffrey Berns
law and legislation

Is Now the Time for California to Regulate Virtual Currency Businesses?

Jul 17th, 2016
Poonam Mehta
A review of virtual currency legislation in California.