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Pricing Conduct


Welcome Message

Welcome to the website for the Pricing Conduct Committee.

We are excited about the new Section Year, and will be kicking off our Committee Programs with a lunch hour session entitled 'Cost of the Cost-Price Test', featuring Steve Salop (Georgetown University), Dan Crane (University of Michigan), and Jeff Klenk (Berkeley Research Group), scheduled for the first week of October, and a 'Clorox II' program, offering an update and analysis of the first serious Robinson Patman Act litigation to develop for some time (scheduled for later in October). We will then launch our series of Committee Programs around this year's theme of 'Deceptive Pricing' (with at least one US-focused and one comparative program) later this Fall.

We have a number of other Committee Programs planned, including one on secondary auction markets (driven off the Ticketmaster cases)‎, and of course we will plan other programs as opportunities present. To that end, if you have ideas for topics you would like to see us explore, please get in touch (contacts below).

We at the PCC strive to keep you well informed on pricing-related competition issues through our programs, our 'Price Tags' feature introduced last year where we post timely articles, decisions and discussions, our newsletter, the ‘Price Point' and through Connect. The summer 2015 edition of the Price Point is out now and can be found under the Newsletters section on the committee page as well as on Connect, now fully searchable article by article!

We welcome your participation and comments. I encourage you to communicate with me or any of our Vice Chairs. I also hope that you access and join in our discussions on Connect, and check out the 'Get Involved' section of our Committee Website below. Our emerging Editorial Boards for the Price Point and Price Tags in particular would welcome your contributions.

Melanie Aitken


Get Involved

There are many opportunities for interested Antitrust Section members to get involved in the work of the Pricing Conduct Committee. These include writing or editing articles, helping organize committee programs, participating in drafting Section comments on pricing issues, and working on other policy issues. Several of the Committee's projects are described in the list below. If a project interests you, we encourage you to get in touch with the indicated contact person.

The Price Point

We are always looking for articles for our quarterly publication focusing on developments in pricing conduct law and policy on both the domestic front and in the international arena. We welcome ideas for articles as well as assistance with drafting or editing. Contact: Dale Grimes at dgrimes@bassberry.com.

Committee Programs

The Committee holds several brown-bag lunch programs each year. We welcome assistance in developing topics, identifying speakers, and organizing the programs. Contact: Meghan Rissmiller at meghan.rissmiller@hoganlovells.com.

Comments & Position Papers

We often organize task forces to draft comments and position papers on various proposals, papers, and draft foreign and domestic legislation and guidelines. Contact: Melanie Aitken at aitkenm@bennettjones.com.

Books & Treatises

We have just published this summer the Primer on Federal Price Discrimination Laws 4th Ed. and are beginning work on the development of a new publication proposal. We would very much welcome input and interest in this work. Contact: Tom Ensign at Thomas.ensign@freshfields.com.

New Member Outreach

Our Committee strives to help involve new members and make membership a rewarding experience. We welcome assistance with this project. Contact: Sarah Zielinski at szielinski@mcguirewoods.com

Connect and Price Tags

The Committee helps members stay abreast of developments through postings on Connect and, in particular, our new Price tags feature, where we post recent articles, decisions and discussion pieces on pricing topics we think our members will find helpful. If you are interested in helping keep an eye out for legislative developments, decisions or have an item of interest to circulate, please just let us know. We'd love to have more of our members involved in this important project! Contact: James Nichols at Nichols.james@dorsey.com and Frank Qi at Frank.Qi@ropesgray.com.

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Annual Plan, Long Range Plan, Charter


Leadership

Chair:

Aitken, Melanie

Council Representative:

Pfeiffer, Alfred

Vice-Chairs:

Ensign, Thomas
Grimes, R Dale
Nichols, James
Qi, Frank
Rissmiller, Meghan
Zielinski, Sarah

Liaison:

York, Thomas

Committee Roster  


Programs

View our past and future programs, sponsored by the Committee with links to program audio for the sessions you missed.
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Committee Events

Section Events

    Consumer Protection Update

    07/12/2016-07/12/2016

    This telephonic update will summarize the significant developments in consumer protection law that occurred during June, 2016. 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 ...

    CFPB's Proposed Arbitration Ban -- What You Need To Know

    07/20/2016-07/20/2016

    The CFPB recently proposed rules prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts for consumer financial products and services. The rules are expected to take effect next year following a 90-day public comment period which ends on August 22, 2016. Proponents of the rules argue that arbitration ...

    Complying with FTC's Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines

    07/26/2016-07/26/2016

    Complying with FTCs Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines presents unique challenges for in-house counsel of advertisers. Live tweeting, native advertising and influencers campaigns may be just the tip of the iceberg . This program will address approaches to compliance with FTC law and best practices ...


Newsletters

The Price Point is published three times a year by the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Pricing Conduct Committee.
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