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Colorado Passes Bill Bringing Distributed Ledger Technology To The Forefront

May 11th, 2018
Nathan Graham
On May 8 Colorado legislators passed a bill mandating the exploration of distributed ledger technology for the storage of sensitive data, banning fees on certain users of this technology, and encouraging colleges to add it to their curricula.
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Trial Date Set In Critical ICO Case, Judge Weighs Legal Classification Of Cryptocurrencies

May 9th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
In a criminal case involving two allegedly fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICOs), a jury trial is set for January 2019. However, the judge presiding over the case has not yet ruled on the defense’s motion to dismiss, which argues unconstitutional vagueness and a lack of jurisdiction. The question: do securities laws clearly apply to the defendant’s ICOs?
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Ripple Sued Over XRP In Class Action

May 4th, 2018
Media Team
Ripple Labs Inc is being sued for allegedly breaking state and federal laws in what plaintiff argues is a “never-ending” ICO.
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South Korean Legislators Prepare Bill To Legalize ICOs

May 3rd, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Eleven lawmakers in South Korea are pushing for the limited legalization of initial coin offerings. ICOs have been banned in South Korea since September 2017.
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US House Science and Tech Subcommittees To Discuss Blockchain For Supply Chain Management

May 3rd, 2018
Jen Luker
Committee on Science, Space, & Technology subcommittees will hold a hearing on a popular blockchain use case.
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Australian Regulator ASIC Moves To Harden Stance On ICOs

May 2nd, 2018
Frederick Reese
Australian regulators are cracking down on “misleading or deceptive conduct” among initial coin offerings.
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CFTC Commissioner Discusses Tokenization And Spot Market Regulation Of Cryptocurrencies

Apr 30th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
Brian Quintenz, a Republican commissioner of the CFTC, understands that the blockchain industry is full of hype and still possesses the potential to radically alter market structures.
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Delaware Senate Introduces Blockchain Bills For Limited Partnerships, LLCs

Apr 27th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Thursday, Delaware state senators introduced two bills, which propose that limited partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) be allowed to use blockchain technology for record keeping and record management, as well as certain ‘electronic transmissions.’ Both bills were assigned to the Banking, Business & Insurance Committee.
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Aussie Regulator Discusses Applying Existing Laws To Overseas ICOs

Apr 27th, 2018
Adam Reese
An Australian financial services watchdog has stated that ICOs conducted abroad may be subject to Australian laws if they accept investment from “Australian consumers.”
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Russian Government Pledges Support For ICO Bill Pending Minor Changes

Apr 25th, 2018
Adam Reese
Russia’s executive branch has weighed in on a proposed bill to regulate ICOs, offering several suggestions on how to improve it.
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European Parliament Votes for Increased Cryptocurrency Regulation

Apr 21st, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The European Parliament voted strongly in favor of regulations, which would deter cryptocurrency-based money laundering and terrorism financing.
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Tezos Co-Founder Arthur Breitman Penalized By FINRA

Apr 20th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
In the latest setback to befall the Tezos project, co-founder Arthur Breitman has been sanctioned by FINRA. Breitman is barred from contact with broker-dealers for two years and has been fined $20,000.
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Riot Blockchain Subpoenaed By SEC Amidst Plans To Launch Exchange

Apr 18th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
In its 10-K filing, Riot Blockchain shared that the company was recently subpoenaed by the SEC. Despite a myriad of concerns, the Nasdaq-listed company claims to be pushing forward with plans to expand its bitcoin mining operation and to possibly launch a cryptocurrency exchange.
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President Trump To Nominate Dan Berkovitz For Democratic CFTC Commissioner Position

Apr 17th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
The president intends to nominate Dan Berkovitz as a commissioner of the CFTC, according to a statement released by the White House on Monday. During the Obama administration, Berkovitz served as the agency’s general counsel from 2009 until 2013.
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[UPDATED] Coin Drop Markets CEO Gives Up Defense In Critical CFTC Cryptocurrency Case

Apr 13th, 2018
Matthew De Silva
On Wednesday, Patrick McDonnell threw in the towel in his defense against the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
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Tennessee Bill Blocking Certain Crypto Investments Takes U-Turn On Way To Governor’s Desk

Apr 12th, 2018
Jeff Benson
A Tennessee bill that initially sought to restrict the state government’s post-employment funds from being invested in cryptocurrency was amended to remove any mention of cryptocurrency before being signed into law.