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Nevada To Require Money Transmitter Licenses For Crypto ATM Operators

CoinDesk
Nevada's financial regulators have changed their interpretation of what constitutes a money transmitter within the state, declaring that any transfer of value – money, credit, virtual currency, or other – will fall under money transmission laws. This change will require operators of the state's cryptocurrency kiosks to each obtain a transmitter license.
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IRS Becoming Pen Pals With Crypto Holders, Sending Out A Second Letter

CoinDesk
After its initial letter campaign targeting crypto holders who may not have reported their gains or losses on their tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service's second round of letters targets those who may have misreported their crypto holdings on tax documents.
NEWS
law and legislation

'Financial Guru' Reginald Middleton Hit With Emergency Lawsuit Filed By SEC

The Next Web
The US Securities and Exchange Commission filed an emergency lawsuit against "financial guru" Reginald Middleton and his two companies, Veritaseum LLC and Veritaseum Inc., to safeguard $8 million of investor funds Middleton raised during an allegedly fraudulent initial coin offering.
NEWS
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Amended Complaint Against Ripple Cites SEC Guidelines

CoinDesk
In a recently amended complaint filed against Ripple, investors have cited guidelines from the Securities and Exchange Commission to argue that they were duped into purchasing unregistered securities when they bought XRP.
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Congressional Research Service Releases Report On Blockchain Use In Energy Sector

CoinDesk
The US Congressional Research Service has released a report titled "Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Energy Sector" that details the current state of energy consumption related to crypto mining and explores the possibility of integrating blockchain tech into current energy systems.
NEWS
law and legislation

New Jersey Stops 2 State-Based ICOs

CoinDesk
As part of its "Operation Cryptosweep" initiative, the New Jersey Bureau of Securities called for the halt of two initial coin offerings taking place in the state, stating that both companies were offering fraudulent securities. The companies in question were Zoptax, which was selling its Zoptax Coin, and UNOcall, which was offering investment opportunities in its staking protocol.
NEWS
law and legislation

Kik Responds To SEC Lawsuit

CoinDesk
In its 130-page document, Kik claims the US Securities and Exchange Commission "twisted facts" and took quotes out of context when it decided to sue the messaging app for its $100 million Kin token ICO.
NEWS
law and legislation

Scammers Capitalize On IRS Crypto Tax Letter Campaign

Forbes
Last week, the US Internal Revenue Service sent letters to crypto holders regarding the proper way to report gains and losses on tax returns. Now, fraudulent letters are being sent to crypto holders claiming they owe unpaid taxes to the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement."
NEWS
law and legislation

New Bank Of Mexico FinTech Law May Stifle Crypto Startups

CoinDesk
The Bank of Mexico's newly enforced FinTech law targets crowdfunding and electronic payments services, requiring businesses to have a minimum annual profit of $100,000 and asking for up to $35,000 in compliance fees.
NEWS
law and legislation

UK's Information Commissioner’s Office Asks For Libra Details

Reuters
The Information Commissioner's Office, the UK's data protection watchdog, has sent a statement to Facebook and 28 other companies behind the Libra project asking for details on how customers’ personal data will be processed in line with data protection laws.
NEWS
law and legislation

UK Court Throws Out Craig Wright's Defamation Lawsuit

Decrypt
A UK court has thrown out Craig Wright's lawsuit against Roger Ver in which Wright claimed Ver defamed him in a YouTube video featuring Ver's denouncement of Wright's claims of being Satoshi Nakamoto.
NEWS
law and legislation

Financial Conduct Authority Releases Its Finalized Crypto Asset Guidelines

CoinDesk
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK's financial watchdog, released the finalized version of its crypto asset guidelines, detailing which assets do and do not fall under its regulatory reach. "Exchange tokens" like Ether or bitcoin, as well as utility tokens, fall outside the FCA's authority, whereas security tokens and stablecoins that fit the definition of e-money will be regulated by the agency.
NEWS
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Senate Committee Hearing Takes On Blockchain Tech

Decrypt
During today's congressional hearing with the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, committee members met with a panel of experts, including Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire, and expressed some doubts about blockchain and cryptocurrency. One congressman compared the lauded tech advancements to banking moves that brought about the 2008 financial crash.
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law and legislation

Judge Delays NYAG, Bitfinex, And Tether Decision

The Block
New York Supreme Court Judge Joel M. Cohen has postponed the decision regarding the New York attorney general's jurisdiction over Bitfinex and Tether, with the court planning to mull over the case for another 90 days.
NEWS
law and legislation

IRS Sends Out Warning Letters To Crypto Holders

CoinDesk
Following earlier reports this year that the US Internal Revenue Service was working to update cryptocurrency tax guidelines, the agency sent warning letters out to more than 10,000 crypto-holding taxpayers, advising them to submit an amended tax return if they didn't report their holdings.
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Pocketful Of Quarters Receives No-Action Letter From SEC

CryptoSlate
Pocketful of Quarters, the startup with a 12-year-old CEO that created the ERC-20 token "Quarters," received a no-action letter from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The letter means the SEC will not take enforcement action against the company.