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A Closer Look At New Calif. Pension Fund Climate Law

Landmark new California legislation signed into law on Sept. 23, 2018, and going into effect Jan. 1, 2019, requires the two largest pension funds in the country with over $550 billion in combined assets under management — the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or CalSTRS — to publicly report on their climate-related financial risks every three years starting in 2019.

FINRA Releases its Annual Report on Examination Findings for 2018

December 21, 2018 The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (“FINRA”) issued its Report on FINRA Examination Findings for 2018 (the “Report”) on December 7, 2018. In the Report, FINRA notes that its examination, surveillance and risk monitoring programs of registered broker-dealers are critical in the furtherance of FINRA’s mission of investor protection and ensuring the integrity of financial markets.

Qualcomm, Apple And The China IPhone Ban

A Chinese court in the southeastern city of Fuzhou, China, has ordered Apple to stop selling several different iPhone models: iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone

Start Making Sense: Will Post-Grant Review Be More Reasonable to Litigants under the Phillips Standard?

Many small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) heavily rely on their patents to stake out their business territory. Post-grant challenges to issued patents (including inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM) review and post-grant review (PGR) proceedings) arrived as part of the America Invents Act of 2011.

How to Use a Bitcoin Paper Wallet to Keep Your Crypto Safe

As a crypto investor, it's paramount that you understand the different ways to keep your Bitcoin safe. While most of the media attention focuses on hardware and software wallet solutions, there is another effective way to store your Satoshis: a Bitcoin paper wallet.

Have you been wrongly identified by the US Government on a Sanctions List?

Last week, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) made news in associating and publishing bitcoin addresses with sanctioned individuals in Iran. One of the individuals whose digital currency address was published in this latest update, Mohammad Ghobaniyan, claims in an interview released today, to be an innocent player with no knowledge of the criminal activities of the individuals for whom he exchanged bitcoin into local currency.

How to Mine Ethereum on a Mac | What You Need to Know

Mining Ethereum from a Mac has become increasingly accessible with more user-friendly interfaces being developed. However, native hardware included in most Apple computers might not be enough to turn a profit, yet it is still a great way to get experience with mining.

Much Ado About Nothing?: Narrow Ruling in Blockvest ICO Case Does Not Significantly Alter Current Regulatory Framework for Blockchain Tokens

On October 11, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California halting a planned "initial coin offering" (ICO) of blockchain tokens called "BLV," which its backers falsely claimed was approved by the SEC. The order also halted ongoing pre-ICO sales by the company, Blockvest LLC, and its founder, Reginald Buddy Ringgold, III.

SEC Suggests Framework to Address Unregistered ICOs

On November 16, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settlements with Paragon Coin, Inc., and CarrierEQ, Inc., also known as AirFox. Both companies had conducted Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) that the SEC determined were unregistered securities offerings.

The Growing Authority of CFIUS: Major Changes for a Key Player

Major changes are afoot with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a US government interagency group with authority to suspend, impose conditions upon, or reject foreign investment transactions into the United States that meet certain criteria.