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Corporate Counseling


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Welcome to the Corporate Counseling Committee's webpage.

The Corporate Counseling Committee focuses on antitrust issues that are relevant to in-house legal counsel and those who advise them. We examine both issues of current concern as well as the process of counseling in order to aid companies in effectively complying with the antitrust and consumer protection laws. The Corporate Counseling Committee is one of the most active committees of the ABA's Antitrust Section, with a long tradition of sponsoring informative and timely programs, newsletters and books.


The Corporate Counseling Committee website houses key antitrust information for the in-house attorney, including our recent programs and publications, links to valuable resources, and information on enforcement trends and compliance counseling. Information about some of our most popular offerings are linked below, and links to other information (including how to join our Committee's Discussion List) are available in the right hand column. We want the webpage to be a useful and comprehensive resource for in-house counsel, so please let us know if you have any suggestions for making the page more useful.


We invite your suggestions and comments at any time, on any subject related to the Committee. You may contact any member of the Committee's Leadership team:


Co-chairs:
Suzanne Wachsstock
Margaret (Peggy) Ward

Representative Council Member:
Brian Grube

Vice-Chairs (and areas of responsibility):
Kathleen M. Beasley [Newsletter]
Michelle Christian [Programming]
Robert Davis [Section Comments]
Elai Katz [Publications]
Mary Lehner [Newsletter]
Sandy Pastroff [Programming]
Dana Wagner [Programming and Publications]

Young Lawyer Representative (and areas of responsibility):
Kail Jethmalani


Ongoing Committee Activities

Every month, the Corporate Counseling Committee presents another installment of "Antitrust Update for In-House Counsel." This popular program series features an hour-long conference call in which experienced antitrust practitioners report on the most recent developments in the courts, at the agencies and around the world. There is no fee to participate in the program or the series if you are a member of Section of Antitrust Law. To register for the series, send an email to Suzanne Wachsstock (Suzanne.E.Wachsstock@aexp.com), Peggy Ward (maward@jonesday.com) or Kail Jethmalani (kjethmalani@axinn.com).

There is a $25 fee for non-members of the Antitrust Section to listen in on each update and to receive the written materials. A fee waiver has been provided for non-member lawyers of government agencie (domestic and foreign), non-profit agencies, and law students.

A recording of each program and the presentation materials are available for download by visiting the Corporate Counseling Program Webpage.

The Corporate Counseling Committee's newsletter, The Antitrust Counselor, is published quarterly and provides articles specifically written for in-house counsel. Click here to access an index of the Committee's recent newsletters. If you are interested in contributing to our newsletter, please contact Kathy Beasley (kathy.beasley@vizientinc.com) or Mary Lehner (Mary.Lehner@freshfields.com).


Antitrust Compliance Publications

The Corporate Counseling Committee is excited to announce that the second edition of our very popular FAAQ book is now available to order on the Section’s website. The link is below.

Frequently Asked Antitrust Questions is a tremendous resource for practitioners who need quick, plain language answers to questions that arise every day. The book is useful both for the non-expert who needs easy access to the basic rules of the road and for lawyers with significant experience in antitrust law who need to respond quickly and efficiently to questions from clients. Frequently Asked Antitrust Questions is a user-friendly and unique go-to resource for attorneys of all experience levels.

This revision includes two new chapters addressing emerging issues in the areas of intellectual property and antitrust compliance. The prior edition’s discussion of trade associations has also been expanded and now makes up its own chapter. Other chapters also contain expanded material, including additional references and footnotes for practitioners who need to delve deeper into specific issues. Expanded topics include: communications with competitors, dealing with antitrust authorities in the United States and abroad, the Robinson-Patman Act and other pricing issues, vertical arrangements between customers and suppliers, and more.

To purchase your copy, click here: Frequently Asked Antitrust Questions. The price is $99 for section members and $129 and for non-members.

The Corporate Counseling Committee is also the source of two other publications: Antitrust Compliance: Perspectives and Resources for Corporate Counselors, 2nd Edition, and the Interlocking Directorates Handbook.

The Interlocking Directorates Handbook provides history, background, and practical guidance on the application of Section 8 of the Clayton Act, which regulates "corporate interlocks"-- where two competing corporations share one or more directors in common. The Handbook provides a concise history of Section 8, discusses common procedural issues that arise in litigation involving Section 8 claims, summarizes the interplay between Section 8 and other regulatory schemes, and finally, discusses practical guidance and common pitfalls for practitioners.

To purchase your copy, click here: Interlocking Directorates Handbook. The price is $99.99 for section members and $139.00 for non-members.

The second edition of Antitrust Compliance is a great resource for Committee members. It contains new and updated chapters to aid outside and in-house counsel charged with developing or updating their clients' antitrust compliance program. It provides detailed essays exploring specific compliance issues from the perspective of experienced practitioners and antitrust compliance manuals, presentations and other materials that can be customized for use in actual corporate employee training situations.

To purchase your copy, click here: Antitrust Compliance: Perspective and Resources for Corporate Counselors. The price is $179.00 for section members and $199.99 for non-members.

Corporate Counseling Committee


Newsletter Archive

The Corporate Counseling Committee's newsletter, The Antitrust Counselor, is published approximately four times a year. The Antitrust Counselor provides articles written by and/or for in-house counsel specifically. Click "more" for all issues.
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Knowledge Database - Resources

The Corporate Counseling Committee has compiled a list of useful links for attorneys counseling corporations on antitrust compliance. The list is international in scope and includes links to enforcement agency guidelines, ABA publications and useful materials assembled by other ABA Antitrust Section Committees. Comments on the resources listed are welcome; please send them to Kail Jethmalani (kjethmalani@axinn.com).
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Programs/Antitrust Updates

The Corporate Counseling Committee presents a variety of programs that focus on antitrust issues that are relevant to in-house legal counsel and those who advise them. We welcome ideas for topics or other input from members who would like to participate in any of the Committee's programs. Please contact Michelle Christian (M.Christian@altria.com), Sandy Pastroff (sanford_m_pastroff@whirlpool.com) or Dana Wagner (danarwagner@gmail.com).
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Calendar

Committee Events

Monthly Antitrust Update for In-House Counsel

November 29, 2017
Our next Monthly Antitrust Update for Corporate Counsel is on Wednesday, November 29 at 1pm ET. This one-hour program will cover recent antitrust developments in the U.S. and globally, including developments in U.S. merger enforcement.

Consumer Protection November Update

December 12, 2017
Co-sponsored by the Corporate Counseling Committee

This telephonic update will summarize the significant developments in consumer protection law that occurred during November, 2017. The presentation will cover cases, settlements, and other initiatives at the federal and state levels, as well as consumer class actions, Lanham Act litigation, and National Advertising Division case decisions. This program is a monthly series of updates in which individuals can call in and hear consumer protection practitioners report on the previous month’s developments. The prepared portion of the program will last approximately 50 minutes and will be followed by Q&A.

 
Section Events

    Pricing Conduct Counseling: The Robinson Patman Act

    12/15/2017-12/15/2017

    This program will discuss the legal framework, recent developments, and best practices for counseling clients on the Robinson-Patman Act. FREE : Antitrust Section Members, Government, Non-profit Employees, Students. $25.00 Other Non-Members. Explore Section benefits or call 1-800-285-2221 to join. ...

    Competition Torts Committee Town Hall

    12/19/2017-12/19/2017

    Committee Town Hall program to describe the committee and opportunities to generate new membership and volunteers. FREE: Antitrust Section Members, Government, Non-profit Employees, Students $25 Other Non-Members Explore Section benefits or call 1-800-285-2221 to join. Code RAT14IP25. For this ...

    View from Both Sides of the Aisle

    01/10/2018-01/10/2018

    This program is the first in a anticipated series by the Cartel & Criminal Practice Committee aimed at attracting younger lawyers and increasing the interaction and dialogue between younger and more seasoned members of the antitrust bar. Two young lawyers (less than 10 years of practice) will share ...


Leadership

Co-Chairs:

Wachsstock, Suzanne
Ward, Margaret

Council Representative:

Grube, Brian

Vice-Chairs:

Beasley, Kathleen
Christian, Michelle
Davis, Robert
Katz, Elai
Lehner, Mary
Pastroff, Sanford
Wagner, Dana

Committee Roster  


Annual Plan, Long Range Plan

Modified by Kail Jethmalani on December 13, 2017

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