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October 25, 2021

White House tech czar Tim Wu to speak at Antitrust Law Section Fall Forum

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2021 — Timothy Wu, a member of the White House’s National Economic Council as a special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy, will be among keynote speakers at the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s annual one-day Fall Forum to be held this year as a hybrid event both online and in person on Nov.9 in Washington, D.C.

Representatives from the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and State Attorneys General’s Office will also participate in the forum that brings together, senior government officials, experienced practitioners and scholars to discuss the significant and groundbreaking antitrust and consumer protection developments over the past year and provide insight on the road ahead.

What:   Virtual Fall Forum 2021 
                 Sponsored by the ABA Antitrust Law Section

When:  Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET

Where: Online and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 
                 Washington, D.C.

Wu, a Columbia University law professor and a leading critic of Big Tech, will provide “A View from the White House” during his speech on Tuesday, Nov.9 from 8:15-8:35 a.m. Wu, according to The New York Times, is best known for advocacy against powerful telecom companies and for coining the term “net neutrality,” the regulatory philosophy that consumers should get equal access to all content on the internet.

The program will also include:

  • “Address” by Christine Wilson, commissioner, from 10-10:15 a.m.
  • Antitrust Division Update” by Richard Powers, assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, from 11:30-11:50 a.m.
  • “A View from the Hill” by U.S. Sen. Michael S. Lee, a Republican from Utah and a member of the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, from 12:30-1 p.m.
  • “State Attorney General Report,” by Karl A. Racine, attorney general, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (invited)

Other program highlights include sessions on:

“(In)Augural Visions for Antitrust” (8:45-9:45 a.m.) — Panelists, including Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, FTC commissioner, will discuss the Biden administration’s new visions for antitrust, consumer protection and data privacy. In what form and in what forum (i.e., legislative, regulatory, executive, judicial) will these changes take shape? In what areas will the FTC most likely break new ground? In what way will the administration coordinate its efforts with states? How will the administration gauge its success in the fields of competition and consumer protection?

“State of the Union” (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.) — The Vertical Merger Guidelines have been withdrawn by the FTC, and the Horizontal Merger Guidelines may be next to go. Approaches to bank and pharmaceutical mergers are under scrutiny. The FTC is reconsidering a wide swath of procedures: everything from PNO interpretations to Second Requests and timing agreements, to remedies. As the merger landscape changes, jurisdictions around the world are getting interested in smaller deals. Panelists include Noah J. Phillips, FTC commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC.

Click here for the complete program schedule.

This event is open to members of the press. For media registration, please contact Robert Robinson at [email protected]. Note: All meeting attendees are required to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the start of the meeting. Reporters covering the Fall Forum in person should contact [[email protected]] for further instructions.

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