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July 08, 2021

ABA Antitrust Law Section to host virtual Consumer Protection Conference, July 12-13

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2021 — Consumer protection in transition is the general theme of this year’s American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s Consumer Protection Virtual Conference to be held July 12-13. Antitrust and consumer protection professionals and practitioners will come together virtually over two days to discuss consumer protection and data privacy priorities under the Biden administration, with an emphasis on what can we expect at the federal and state levels for 2021 and beyond.

Consumer Protection Virtual Conference
Sponsored by ABA Antitrust Law Section

Monday-Tuesday, July 12-13


Program highlights include:

Monday, July 12

“Consumer Protection Policy at a Crossroads” — Colorado Attorney General Philip J. Weiser will talk about what we have learned about consumer protection and privacy priorities from the first 100 days of the Biden administration. Will the states step up and increase the pace of enforcement, fill the void left by the Supreme Court’s decision in AMG Capital Management? What will be the enforcement priorities in the year ahead? 11:45-12:30 p.m. EDT

“Global Innovations in Privacy and Data Security” — The state of California is a driving force for change in the U.S., and the European Union’s Schrems II decision has altered cross-border data flows. Plus, new privacy laws in Brazil, Kenya, India and other countries present global data implementation challenges. How do companies thrive given the competing requirements? Panelists will include Christian D’Cunha, Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy, DG Competition, European Commission, Brussels; and Stacey D. Schesser, supervising deputy attorney general, California Department of Justice, San Francisco. 12:45-1:45 p.m. EDT

“Advertising at the End of the Animal Age” — Keynote speaker Matt Silverman of The Daily Dot in New York City, will focus on the phenomenon of deepfakes and the issues raised around disinformation, artificial intelligence and video creation. As our world continues to digitize, how will the legal world confront digital alteration? 2-2:45 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, July 13

“Race, Equity & Inclusion: Protecting Consumers of Color” — Panelists, including District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine, and moderator Colorado Assistant Attorney General Abigail L. Smith, discuss how historical practices and current-day disparities have made it difficult for people of color in the U.S. and globally to fully participate in the financial mainstream. Algorithmic decision-making and other technologies can further intentional and unconscious biases. How can consumer protection practitioners and other stakeholders help protect vulnerable communities from discriminatory practices? 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT

“Reflections on Consumer Class Action Litigation” — Panelists, including Judge Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland, will discuss class action litigation, which is intended to provide consumers a means to obtain redress in cases where individual suits would be inefficient or impractical. Does it achieve its objective or merely enrich the lawyers bringing the actions? Are arbitration clauses the answer? How can the process better serve consumers? 12:45-1:45 p.m. EDT

“Consumer Protection COVID-19 Report Card & Enforcement Forecast” — Speaker Steven Kaufmann, deputy attorney general for Consumer Protection in the Office of the Attorney General for Denver, Colorado, will share his thoughts on how COVID-19 has provoked predatory practices that have prompted federal and state action. How have our regulators met this challenge? In what ways have they collaborated to detect fraud and prevent consumer injury? 2-3 p.m. EDT

The complete agenda can be viewed online.

This event is open to members of the press. You must register by noon EDT, July 11. For media registration, please contact Robert Robinson at [email protected].

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