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Consumer Protection


The Consumer Protection Committee is the ABA’s place to be for developments in the law of false advertising, deceptive marketing, and unfair trade practices. Our focus: law enforcement, rulemaking, and business guidance by the FTC, DoJ, CFPB, other federal agencies, state attorneys general, divisions of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (NAD, ERSP and CARU), and their international counterparts. We keep you informed on the latest developments so you know what’s on the regulatory radar screen and we discuss compliance best practices. Our committee has broad participation from government law enforcers and the defense bar, fostering robust discussion about emerging issues like social media, mobile marketing and privacy. In the past year, members who attended our convenient dial-from-your-desk programs – including the popular monthly current developments series – received timely insights about the revised Telephone Consumer Protection Act, trends in consumer class action litigation, FTC Operation Full Disclosure and advertising substantiation standards. We work closely with the Advertising Disputes & Litigation and Privacy and Information Security committees. Through our publications, programs and communications, the Consumer Protection Committee is your best source for the rules of the road for advertisers and marketers.

Advertising Claim Substantiation Handbook

Claim substantiation refers to the obligation of advertisers to ensure that the messages they communicate about their products or services are truthful and not misleading. In practice, meeting this obligation can be very challenging for marketers and their legal counsel.

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Committee Events

[Program Materials] Consumer Protection November Update

December 13, 2016
Section Events

    Product Market Definition in Retail Merger Cases: Lessons from JM Smucker/Conagra and Energizer/Spectrum


    Please join us for a panel discussion on issues and best practices relating to defining product markets in retail merger cases. The panel will feature practitioners and experts involved in two recent mergers in which product market definition played a critical role in the merger review process: JM Smucker/Conagra ...

    Consummated Merger Challenges: Are You Ever Safe?


    In 2017 we saw a relative uptick in consummated merger challenges (3) compared to 2014-2016 (one each per year) and the unprecedented challenge of a deal that received HSR clearance (Parker-Hannifin Corp/CLARCOR). Why are these challenges on the rise? What types of transactions are the agencies targeting? ...

    Cross-Border Discovery -- A Big Chess Game? Part 3: Latin America


    Globally, disclosure and privacy rules vary significantly from one jurisdiction to the next and often conflict with U.S. discovery rules. So, whether you are the propounding or producing party, cross-border discovery can seem like a big chess game: You need to understand a complex set of rules and see ...

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