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'Enforcers Roundtable' Highlights 61st Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

'Enforcers Roundtable' Highlights 61st Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

By Gabriel McIntosh

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2013 — The 61st Spring Meeting of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, the largest antitrust and consumer protection conference in the world, is a three-day program featuring more than 50 sessions across a wide range of domestic and global hot topics in antitrust and consumer protection law. The meeting will be held April 10-12 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Antitrust conference will include the Enforcers Roundtable on Friday, April 12, which will assemble top antitrust enforcers from the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and foreign jurisdictions as well as state attorneys general. Among the panelists from foreign jurisdictions are Joaquin Almunia, vice president and commissioner for competition, European Commission. Stephen Calkins of the Competition Authority of Ireland will speak at a luncheon on Wednesday, April 10, about competitive issues on both sides of the Atlantic. Dinner on Thursday, April 11, will feature a surprise speaker that will wrap up the day’s programming with a “big bang.”

Program highlights include:

“2013 and Beyond: Antitrust in Obama’s Second Term” — What can we expect from the antitrust agencies in Obama’s second term? What will the new assistant attorney general’s competition priorities be? How will the likely responses to the current global challenges affect consumer protection, competition policy and international enforcement?

April 10, 10:45 a.m. – noon

“Around the World in 80 Minutes (or So): An Update from Key Enforcement Agencies” — This program will provide an opportunity to learn about important recent international developments directly from the heads of six key agencies. The panel will explore enforcement trends around the world and the extent to which the growth of antitrust regimes is accompanied by increasing convergence or heightened risks of dissonance.

April 11, 8:15 – 9:45 a.m.

“Seals of Approval: Consumer Protection and Antitrust Implications” — Third-party seals and certifications are powerful marketing tools for companies, but they also carry significant legal risks. Learn about the consumer protection and antitrust concerns raised by the use of industry standards and certification programs.

April 11, 1:30 – 3:15 p.m.

What: 61st Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

When: April 10-12

Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004

A complete agenda and updated list of speakers can be found here.

For media credentialing, please contact Ali Cybulski at Alisha.Cybulski@americanbar.org. This event is free and open to members of the press.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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