This week’s Crypto Caselaw Minute has a munitions blast from the past, the government after some cash, and a quadrillion market of all the money ends “not with a bang but a whimper.”

Disclaimer: Crypto Caselaw Minute is provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. These summaries are not legal advice. They are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our minds. We contain multitudes.

(As always, Rosario summaries are “NMR” and Palley summaries are “SDP”. Our Image credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/money-dollars-success-business-1428594/ (Pixabay license).

Securities and Exchange…


This week’s Crypto Caselaw has yet another mining related lawsuit, we got some SIM-swapping shenanigans, and a bitcoin IRA litigation slugfest that’s dismissed for lack of good old-fashioned personal jurisdiction.

Disclaimer: Crypto Caselaw Minute is provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. These summaries are not legal advice. They are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our minds. We contain multitudes.

(As always, Rosario summaries are “NMR” and Palley summaries are “SDP”. Our Image credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/coal-black-mineral-underground-1626368/(Pixabay license).

Maranda v. Hash Deploy Inc. et al., Case №5:19-cv-00528 (M.D. Fla. filed October 16, 2019)[NMR]

This case is a breach of contract…


This week’s Crypto Caselaw Minute has two, count ’em two updates on the ongoing Centra Tech case, including a NEVER BEFORE SEEN MOTION TO RETURN ETHER, and we also get into a trademark dispute that Facebook and Calibra appear to be facing in New York federal court.(see what we did there?). Also, those are some nice looking figs, aren’t they?

Disclaimer: Crypto Caselaw Minute is provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. These summaries are not legal advice. They are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we…


This week’s Crypto Caselaw Minute looks at a case of saying too much, how to apply foreign law in a token generation event, and a non-class action token lawsuit. When will stop writing about tokens? Haha, never. This is the Hotel California!

Disclaimer: Crypto Caselaw Minute is provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. These summaries are not legal advice. They are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our minds. We contain multitudes.

(As always, Rosario summaries are “NMR” and Palley summaries are “SDP”…


This week’s CCM is the one year anniversary of the Crypto Caselaw Minute. 52 weeks folks. That’s no joke. We cover a domain name dispute, an alleged ADA violation (really!), and case dealing with sweet Brent Crude Oil. Huh? All that and more below.

Disclaimer: Crypto Caselaw Minute is provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. These summaries are not legal advice. They are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our minds. We contain multitudes.

(As always, Rosario summaries are “NMR” and Palley summaries…


This week’s CCM digs deep into three questions that have been keeping us up late at night.

First, are crypto credit card purchases cash advances? A guest post from our friend Steve Middlebrook with the Womble law firm in Atlanta looks at a new decision from a federal court in New York that deals with that very question.

Second, what exactly is disappearing XRB and is it really a $170 million problem? Nelson looks an amended complaint in a YUGE putative class action that says it’s a really big problem thank you very much. He explains.

Third, and batting cleanup…


This week’s Crypto Caselaw Minute deals with an appeal of a conviction for trying to takeover a federal credit union to hide bitcoin activity, the long running litigation surrounding Mt. Gox, and a case brought by the CFTC against a precious metals trader that is precedent for virtual currency companies. This week’s a long read, so buckle up.

Disclaimer: These summaries are provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. They are not legal advice. These are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our minds…


Roll Mops are Actually Subpar Herring but Work in a Pinch

Sim swaps, default judgments, and international satoshi depositions — such law, much crypto! This week we look at a high profile crypto case involving sim swapping and a $24 million crypto loss, a default judgment involving bitcoin where the plaintiff’s damages benefitted by a number go up market, and international deposition intrigue in the ongoing Kleiman v. Wright litigation.

Disclaimer: These summaries are provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. They are not legal advice. These are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our…


This week’s CCM is a veritable smorgasbord of crypto law delectation — from marital privilege and ICO discovery disputes, to the obligations of crypto-currency exchanges to ferret out fraudulent account openings, and more litigation from our pals down the street from Palley at the CFTC. Bon appetit!

Disclaimer: These summaries are provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. They are not legal advice. These are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our minds. We contain multitudes.

(As always, Rosario summaries are “NMR” and Palley…


This week’s CCM is, frankly, all over the place. We’ve got a copyright case involving some big names in crypto, umm, some allegedly questionable legal advice, and an update on the bazillion dollar Tezos ICO lawsuit. Buckle up.

Disclaimer: These summaries are provided for educational purposes only by Nelson Rosario and Stephen Palley. They are not legal advice. These are our opinions only, aren’t authorized by any past, present or future client or employer. Also we might change our minds. We contain multitudes.

(As always, Rosario summaries are “NMR” and Palley summaries are “SDP”. Image credit: Cornelis Verbeeck, Dutch master…

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