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Addison is an associate in the firm’s nationally recognized Consumer Financial Services Practice Group. He has represented several of the nation’s preeminent financial institutions in litigation arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the FTC Holder Rule, and other consumer protection state analogs.

In the second episode of this four-part series, Ethan, Addison, and Trey explore the CFPB’s proposed rule to define a market for general-use consumer payment applications under its larger participant authority, and its impact on digital asset financial services companies. The group discusses the integration of digital assets into the traditional financial system and the associated regulatory concerns. The episode concludes with a discussion of two significant FTC enforcement actions filed against digital asset financial services companies in 2023, underlining the potential consequences for stakeholders operating in the industry.

In 2023, the digital asset industry demonstrated remarkable resilience amidst significant challenges, including the dissolution of several digital asset financial services companies, numerous bank failures, and a $4.7 billion fine imposed on Binance by the U.S. government. Despite these adversities, the digital asset market rebounded, recapturing over 50% of the market capitalization lost in 2022, bringing the total to $2.59 trillion.

To keep you informed of recent activities, below are several of the most significant federal and state events that have influenced the Consumer Financial Services industry over the past week:

Federal Activities

State Activities

Federal Activities:

  • On March 25, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s financial markets regulator, released its first Final