Litigation and Decisions

Tuesday evening, the Plaintiffs in the Illinois Class Action litigation filed motions with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas asking that court to terminate the temporary stay it recently granted to Mt. Gox. They also asked that Robert Marie Mark Karpeles (the Foreign Representative for Mt. Gox) be ordered to provide testimony under oath in the United States regarding the Chapter 15 filing. The motion will present the first chance for the Bankruptcy Court to consider the balance between Chapter 15 relief and the ability of the Illinois Class Action Plaintiffs to use the fact of Chapter 15 relief to obtain testimony to buttress their pending action.
Continue Reading Mt. Gox – Bankruptcy Hearings Next Week Should be Interesting

Introduction

Mt. Gox has filed a civil rehabilitation proceeding under Japanese law, and subsequently filed a companion case in Dallas, Texas under Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued an initial stay (injunction) to protect Mt. Gox and its U.S. assets from actions by creditors and set a hearing for April 1 and 2 to consider whether Mt. Gox would receive the full protections allowed to foreign companies by Chapter 15. If the U.S. court allows the Chapter 15 case to be maintained, certain provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code will apply to parties in interest. What are the implications of these cases for Mt. Gox’s creditors?
Continue Reading Mt. Gox’s Japanese Bankruptcy and U.S. Chapter 15 Case – Implications For Creditors

Two users of Localbitcoins.com, Pascal Reid and Michell Espinoza, were arrested last week in what appears to be the first case where bitcoin sellers have been prosecuted under state anti-money laundering and money transmission laws.  These arrests illustrate that under some state money transmitter laws, the direct sale of bitcoin can constitute money transmission—and that selling bitcoin without a money transmitter license can result in criminal charges.  Where a seller of bitcoin knows (or has reason to believe) that the transaction involves proceeds derived from or to be used in furtherance of illegal activity, this could separately result in charges under state anti-money laundering laws. 
Continue Reading Two Florida Users of Localbitcoins.com Arrested for Money Laundering and Unlicensed Money Transmission

On November 19, the New Jersey Attorney General entered into a $1,000,000 settlement with E-Sports, a website that had allegedly deployed malicious software onto its own users’ computers, creating a virtual network to mine bitcoins. The AG asserted claims for deceptive and unconscionable commercial practices under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, N.J. Stat. §