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February 01, 2019

ABA Section of Antitrust Law to host Consumer Protection Conference in Nashville

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2019 — The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law will host its Consumer Protection Conference, which will feature Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons and representatives from state attorneys general offices, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Nashville, Tenn.

The conference brings together federal and state consumer protection enforcers and industry experts to discuss the latest in enforcement in an industry where marketing and media continue to innovate, become more global in dimension and where the new technologies and business models do not always fit neatly within existing regulatory and enforcement schemes.

Consumer Protection Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Antitrust Law

Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m-5 p.m.

Ole Red
300 Broadway
Nashville, Tenn. 37201 

Simons will deliver a keynote speech from 8:15-8:30 a.m. and then participate in a panel discussion on “The Government Perspective: Consumer Protection and Enforcement in Evolving Markets,” from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The panel will talk about likely enforcement agendas, trends and issues to be on the lookout for now and in the months to come and what recent enforcement decisions and/or guidelines mean for businesses. Also on the panel is Patricia A. Conners, chief deputy attorney general, Florida Office of the Attorney General, Tallahassee; and Matthew Boswell, interim commissioner of competition, Competition Bureau Canada, Gatineau. 

Other highlights include:

“Major Challenges on the Privacy and Data Protection Front” (9:30-10:30 a.m.) — The European Union’s GDPR has significantly altered the privacy regulation landscape and now states like California are joining the push for greater accountability on the privacy front. Many U.S. companies are really “global” companies and are faced with privacy and data security regulatory regimes that vary by country as well as, within the U.S., by state. This panel will examine the issues that present the greatest exposure to U.S. companies; the priorities of the federal and state enforcers; the latest learning from recent enforcement actions; and whether it is desirable to seek international “convergence” on privacy and data security standards. Speakers include Abigail Stempson, director, Center for Consumer Protection, National Association of Attorneys.

“Living in the Modern World: What to Expect Following the FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century” (3-4 p.m.) — The FTC is scheduled this month to conclude its historic public hearings on whether broad-based changes in the economy, evolving business practices, new technologies and international developments require adjustments to consumer protection law, enforcement priorities and policy. The panel will tackle such questions as what big ideas were born during these multi-day, multi-part hearings and which ones have traction? How will the FTC keep pace with technologies on the move? Speakers include James C. Cooper, deputy director for economic analysis, FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Washington, D.C.

The complete schedule can be viewed online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Robert Robinson at [email protected].

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