Brazil’s Antitrust Regulator, FTC Commissioners, Appellate Court Judges Are Distinguished Speakers at ABA Section of Antitrust Law Fall Forum

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 31, 2012 — High-profile government, legal and academic speakers will convene to discuss antitrust and consumer protection developments over the past year at the _ Section of Antitrust Law’s Fall Forum on Nov. 8 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Among the panelists are Carlos Ragazzo, Brazil’s antitrust regulator; Douglas Ginsburg, senior judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit; Judge Diane Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; Maureen Ohlhausen and J. Thomas Rosch, commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission; Leslie Overton and Renata Hesse, deputy assistant attorneys general, U.S. Department of Justice; Jake Sullivan, director of policy planning and deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Keith Enright, senior privacy counsel for Google; Merit Janow, professor of international economic law and international affairs at Columbia University; and David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

The program includes:

“Section Transition Report Overview” — This roundtable discussion including members of the section’s Transition Report Task Force will cover the state of government enforcement, the hot issues driving possible need for adaptation and the task force’s recommendations for the Obama administration.

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

“The Role of the Federal Courts in Antitrust Enforcement” — The principle U.S. antitrust laws were drafted broadly and have been amended rarely, leaving to the federal courts so large a role in their interpretation and application that the field has been likened to the common law. This panel, which includes appellate court Judges Ginsburg and Wood, will address the anomalies and challenges created by the capacious role of the federal courts in shaping antitrust enforcement.

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

“The Role of Other Judicial Bodies and Regulatory Agencies” — A diverse group of panelists that includes Hesse, of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, will speak on how competition theory factors into the decisions and policies of federal agencies such as the International Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

“International Enforcement: Developed and Emerging Economies” — As the recent financial crises have illustrated, today’s economy is global, and no jurisdiction operates in isolation. Antitrust enforcement is often international in scope, involving the coordination and consideration of effects in multiple jurisdictions. Panelists will discuss the latest issues from the perspective of both developed and emerging economies.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

“Developments at the U.S. Agencies” — This discussion with leading DOJ, FTC and state antitrust enforcers will provide an update on the latest cases and enforcement and policy initiatives. FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen is scheduled to speak on the panel.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

“What’s Going On in Privacy? Do Not Track; EC Regulations” — This panel will examine key developments in privacy law in the consumer protection arena. Topics will include an assessment of restrictions and obligations regarding online behavioral advertising and Do Not Track; changes in third-party liability standards; and privacy implications in “big data” practices and for mobile and gaming platforms.

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

“Consumer Financial Protection Investigations and Enforcement: A View from the DOJ, FTC and CFPB” — The DOJ, FTC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau each helps enforce laws and regulations that cover consumer financial products and services. Consumer protection lawyers and their clients need to understand the scope and power of each agency, how they interrelate, how they coordinate investigations and how they each affect the consumer financial-law landscape. Representatives from the three agencies will discuss the latest enforcement-related developments.

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

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