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Your company may not be paying its legal department in bitcoin yet -- and it may never -- but bitcoin technology could soon change the way financial operations work. Nasdaq is currently experimenting with bitcoin's blockchain technology to see if it can speed up trades on its stock market.

Right now, the experiment is limited to a small market for securities in privately held companies. If the project is successful, it could ramp up the speed of securities trades -- potentially transforming the industry. For in house counsel, now's a good time to start taking note of bitcoin.

When the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed in 2010, it included an expanded whistleblower bounty program. As an incentive to report violations of financial regulations, whistleblowers are entitled to 10 to 30 percent of an enforcement action's recovery.

If they can ever get it. According to a review by The Wall Street Journal, 83 percent of the whistleblowers who have applied for their awards have yet to have their claims addressed.

KBR Inc., a Texas tech and engineering company, has settled the first SEC "pretaliation" enforcement action under Dodd-Frank, Inside Counsel reported yesterday. KBR's standard confidentiality agreement, used in internal investigations, forbids employees from "discussing any particulars" about the investigation without prior authorization from the law department. That's illegal pretaliation, according to the SEC.

In-house counsel, get ready to spend your weekend reviewing your company's confidentiality policies!

Last week, the United States went back to the Second Circuit to ask for a rehearing in United States v. Newman, where that court overturned the convictions of two hedge fund managers for trading on inside information.

The Second Circuit rejected Newman and Chiasson's convictions on a "tipper/tippee" theory of liability, prompting onlookers to urge Congress to clarify what the heck qualifies as insider trading.

Every startup needs a lawyer, but startups are already shaky value propositions if you think you're going to burst onto the GC stage, or advance your extant career by working for a company that develops an app to check the temperature of your bath water. (It's even worse when you consider that a lot of startups pay their "employees" in equity that's basically kindling until they're bought by Facebook for a billion dollars.)

What's even riskier? Being GC for a pot dispensary. They're legal under state laws in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska, but the Feds still list marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic, along with heroin and LSD.

So you'd think your new pot company can't be publicly traded, right?

Apple Faces Yet Another eDiscovery-Aided Antitrust Suit

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Apple is being sued for anticompetitive behavior, and the evidence includes an email from the late Steve Jobs.

Yep. It's the e-book antitrust lawsuit all over again, except this time, the claims are swirling around the company's legendary iPod and related iTunes service. When the products were launched, the two were inseparable: Only iTunes music files would play on iPods.

Lawyers say this is anticompetitive behavior. Apple said that the record companies forced it to use the security measures. According to 9 to 5 Mac, Steve Jobs allegedly said this in a 2003 email:

We need to make sure that when Music Match launches their download music store they cannot use iPod. Is this going to be an issue?

Lawyer-Witness to JPMorgan Mortgage Fraud Claims Federal Cover-Up

One of the most infuriating things about the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis and subsequent collapse of the economy was the absolute lack of accountability. Banks and big businesses were bailed out, nearly nobody was charged with crimes, and the executives who caused the whole mess continued on with massive salaries -- especially Jamie Dimon, who received a 74 percent raise after JPMorgan Chase agreed to a $13 billion (on paper) settlement with the government.

Now, with the settlement booked, and the statutes of limitations nearing their end dates, Alayne Fleischmann, the lawyer who was the key witness used to leverage the settlement, has come forward in a Rolling Stone feature, hoping that it will pressure the Justice Department to prosecute those responsible -- those who allegedly intentionally packaged and mislabeled junk subprime mortgages before selling them to investors.

EA's 'Puffery' Means Partial Victory in Battlefield 4 Fraud Case

We covered the train wreck that was the launch of Battlefield 4 by gaming company Electronic Arts last year: Despite loads of hype and a ton of pre-release awards at the E3 industry tradeshow, the game's release was an unmitigated disaster. Servers crashed, the game was plagued with glitches, online play was nearly unplayable. The issues weren't sorted out for months, other projects were delayed as a result, and sales across the board suffered.

A lawsuit was unsurprising, but the issue wasn't the glitchy game (at least not directly). Instead, stockholders sued over the company's allegedly misleading statements, claiming that EA defrauded investors while insiders sold off their shares of company stock. Unfortunately for the current plaintiffs, their case was as inadequate as Battlefield 4 was.

However, it's not game over yet: An amended complaint could revive some of the claims.

Trial Date Set in Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Labor Case

The date is set. The witnesses are being prepped. And the lawyers are under more pressure than ever to come up with a reasonable settlement.

Have you been missing out on the real-life Silicon Valley drama (as opposed to the hilarious HBO dramedy)? Apple, Intel, Google, and Adobe allegedly agreed to not poach each others' talent, creating the sort of anticompetitive agreement that depresses salaries.

Though initial estimates of the companies' exposure were in the billions range, the companies settled for ... $324 million, a number that made us get our eyes checked, caused one plaintiff to file a formal rejection, and which U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh soundly rejected.

Will we see another settlement, or will his head to trial in early January?

More Legal Battles Brewing With Keurig's Coffee Pods?

Keurig 2.0. It's the new version of Keurig's ubiquitous pod-based single-serve coffee machines. What's the 2.0 about? The machines come with DRM protection and the ability to brew larger pots.

DRM, if you're unfamiliar, stands for Digital Rights Management. In plain English, Keurig 2.0 machines will only take Keurig-authorized cups which have a special ink marker on their foil tops, reports The Verge. Except, that DRM may have already been broken by rival companies before the 2.0 machines even hit the market.

Unless the announced product was created pursuant to a licensing agreement, we could be looking at yet another round of Keurig in the courtroom.