Chris Boone focuses his practice on regulatory issues related to payment processing, blockchain, advertising and marketing, transportation, and telecommunications. Chris provides counsel on regulatory compliance, contract negotiations, and general business matters. He also regularly assists clients in responding to federal and state investigative inquiries, demands, and complaints from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state attorneys general, and other federal and state authorities.
Chris helps clients navigate the federal and state regulatory environments that govern payment processing. He works with banks, processors, independent sales organizations (ISOs), payment facilitators, merchants, payment networks, and fintech businesses to address the legal, operational, and business challenges of payment and transaction processing.
Chris advises clients on all manner of agreements, including merchant processing and sponsorship. He also counsels on payment structures and forms of mobile and digital payments, best practices, PCI compliance, and related privacy issues.
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
Chris's blockchain practice focuses on regulatory compliance issues related to cryptocurrencies and token platforms, such as Ethereum, Ripple, and Bitcoin, among others. He also studies blockchain-based platforms for a variety of other use cases, such as supply chain management, and evaluates their impact on affected industries.
These representations include regulatory compliance counseling, state and federal money transmission guidance, structuring operations to avoid unnecessary classifications and regulatory requirements, advertising review, drafting operational policies and terms of service, government affairs, and state and federal licensing.
Advertising, Marketing, and Rewards/Loyalty Programs
Chris advises clients on a variety of advertising and marketing compliance issues, arising from claim substantiation, endorsements and testimonials, promotions, rewards/loyalty programs, and other advertising conducted through television, online, radio, and social media, among other channels. He provides counsel on marketing practices for compliance with relevant regulatory and statutory requirements, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), the Restore Online Shoppers' Confidence Act (ROSCA), and the CAN-SPAM Act.
Transportation and Highway Safety
Chris focuses his transportation practice on regulatory compliance, participation in agency rulemaking proceedings, and government affairs, including interacting with Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) officials.
Chris is deeply involved in issues relating to highway safety, and he successfully worked with the DOT and FHWA to repeal a federal rule that made it virtually impossible for states to use federal highway aid to procure products that were protected by patents or other intellectual property laws. The repeal now allows states to acquire innovative, patented, and proprietary products that make highways safer and more efficient.
Chris also advises clients on issues relating to outdoor advertising, the Highway Beautification Act (HBA), vehicle rooftop advertising, NHTSA safety standards, autonomous vehicles, and advanced crash avoidance and mitigation systems. Chris also has experience working on FAA-related matters, including air navigation hazard determinations, the preemptive effect of FAA rules, FAA release of airport property, and grant assurances related to FAA-administered airport financial assistance programs.