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GAO Report: Consumer Protections Against Virtual Currency Risks Still Lacking; CFPB Should Step In

On June 26, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report entitled “Virtual Currencies: Emerging Regulatory, Law Enforcement, and Consumer Protection Challenges.”  The report discusses the benefits and disadvantages of virtual currency and reviews efforts to date by federal agencies to regulate the virtual currency market.  The report concludes…

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Second Circuit Chooses Pragmatism

In SEC v. Citigroup Global Markets Inc.,___ F.3d __, no. 11-5227-cv (June 4, 2014) (“Citigroup II”), a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit affirmed the SEC’s ability to negotiate settlements without obtaining specific factual admissions from the settling defendants.  The Court reasoned that there is a distinction between trials and settlement,…

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