It’s not often that a defendant will label a $100 million dollar judgment against him as a “victory,” but it’s a surprising result of current cryptocurrency courtroom disputes. It was precisely the label Craig Wright attached to a jury’s award earlier this month in the action filed against him by Ira Kleiman, the brother of Wright’s business partner David Kleiman. Anonymous … [Read more...] about Cryptocurrency Courtroom Tales: $100 Million Judgement Victory
The story of the SQUID crypto token is a perfect illustration of the opportunities cryptocurrency permits for scammers and the dangers it poses for investors. The SQUID token was a game token, ostensibly used to play games within the internet environment made by the token’s creators. Like many game tokens, it had a play-to-earn system, but primarily investors were buying … [Read more...] about SQUID Crypto Token and Dangers to Investors
Last month accusations emerged that an executive at OpenSea, a leading Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) sales platform, was possibly front-running sales by buying drops before they were listed on OpenSea’s main page and then selling them after they had been publicized by OpenSea. Such use of insider information, if true, would seem to be a classic violation of securities laws … [Read more...] about NFTs, Securities Fraud, and Insider Trading, Oh My!
Every year FINRA issues a new regulatory notice regarding the reporting of activities involving digital assets and every year we see FINRA-regulated entities run afoul of those reporting requirements. Why? Because the FINRA reporting requirements are much broader than most people within the brokerage and exchange community realize and much broader than is practically necessary. … [Read more...] about New FINRA Reporting Requirements for Digital Assets
The Biden administration has been seeking changes to tax-reporting requirements for cryptocurrency since its early days. This is part of a package of changes to tax-reporting requirements the Biden administration is seeking as a means of cracking down on supposed misreporting of business income and general tax non-compliance. A New Reporting Regime Generally, the Biden … [Read more...] about Upcoming Changes to Tax-Reporting Requirements for Cryptocurrency Transactions