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FTC v. Butterfly Labs: Complaint and Response

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit against bitcoin-mining hardware manufacturer, BF Labs, Inc. d/b/a Butterfly Labs, on September 15, 2014 alleging misrepresentations and deceptive omissions regarding the marketing and manufacturing of the BitForce and Monarch mining machines.  Among other relief, the suit seeks temporary and permanent injunctions as well as disgorgement of money. A… Read More

Can a Florida Lawyer Advise a Client About Medical Marijuana?

  This November, Florida voters will consider whether to legalize medical marijuana.  If so, Florida would join several states which have allowed recreational and/or medical cannabis cultivation, distribution, and use. But it remains illegal under federal law.  Can lawyers advise their clients about a marijuana business which is legal under state law but barred by… Read More

Technology and iOS Apps for Mediators

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Thanks to the Florida Dispute Resolution Center for inviting me to speak at the 22nd Annual Conference this year in Orlando. The materials from the presentation are here. The Adobe Voice presentation about mediation is here.

Getting to Know Florida Medical Marijuana / Cannabis Laws

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A Google Trend report shows that “Florida Medical Marijuana” has generated massive attention since 2013.   I attended a recent Florida Cannabis Coalition meeting and, while the speakers were good, the attendees seemed uneducated (case in point, people literally got up and left when they heard about the $150,000 application fee and $5 millon bond).… Read More

Deleting versus Deactiving Facebook

With the revelation that Facebook is tracking users across the web, even if you log off, I have deleted my Facebook account.   Yes, deleted.  Not just deactivated. You can “deactivate” your Facebook account and it disappears from sight but it is still there in the Facebook vault, ready for you to re-activate. So if… Read More

In Re Erik T. Voorhees (settlement): Not Really a Bitcoin Case

The hot bitcoin-related story involves the settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and bitcoin-advocate, Erik T. Voorhees. This case involves bitcoin but is not about bitcoin.  Stated differently, this case is not an attack on bitcoin.  It simply involves charges of a crime unrelated to the virtual currency itself. Specifically, Voorhees was charged… Read More

What is Bitcoin: Currency, Property or Tulips?

A strange title to an article, I know.  But it will make sense at the end: Governments around the world are struggling to define, and therefore regulate or ban, virtual currency such as bitcoin.  Here in the U.S., various federal agencies have differing conclusions.  So do various states. Meanwhile, in the press, bitcoin is incorrectly… Read More

If This Then That (IFTTT) For Lawyers

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An app called “If This, Then That” or IFTTT exists to bring together your smartphones alarms, notices, social media, and other internet tools so that you can, as their tag line says, “take control of the internet.” This article, “If This Then That (IFTTT” For Lawyers” explains how to combine your various internet resources into… Read More

Tor Anonymizer for Lawyers

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In the wake of the Snowden disclosures, lawyers and their clients are looking for ways to communicate, research, and generally use the internet without mass surveillance. This article from the April 2014 edition of the Palm Beach Bar Bulletin explains (a) Tor and its practical applications to use the internet anonymously and (b) two recent… Read More

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