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Consumer Protection

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 Protectio 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.

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[Program Materials] Consumer Protection Update

October 13, 2015
Section Events

    Expedia/Orbitz Approval: What it says about travel industry competition


    This panel will consist of DOJ staff member and attorneys that represented the parties and third-parties in the Expedia-Orbitz merger before DOJ. We'll discuss the closing statement, competition in two-sided industries, and whether there could ever be a substantial reduction of competition in an online ...

    Cartel Facilitators: When Vertical Conduct Crosses over to Horizontal Liability


    US and EU courts have recently affirmed the principle that cartel facilitators can be liable alongside cartel members. Decisions in AC-Treuhand and U.S. v. Apple Inc. are part of an enforcement trend capturing vertical behavior as cartel conduct. As we see increasing numbers of alleged cartel facilitator ...

    The Steris-Synergy Case: A Post Mortem


    On September 24, 2015, a federal judge denied the preliminary injunction sought by the Federal Trade Commission to block the $1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health by Steris Corporation. The FTC has since decided not to appeal the decision. Join this panel for a lively discussion of the case and ...

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Conners, Patricia
Gans, Svetlana

Council Representative:

Silber, Seth


Blynn, Daniel
Christian, Michelle
Farrara, Kathryn
Felsten, Nancy
Royall, M
Saferstein, Harvey


Rakes, Kenzie

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Modified by Julian-Robert Wiley on November 20, 2015

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