Join us for the final event of 68th Spring Meeting. Brian will offer concluding thoughts and invite attendees to share their experiences in attending.
Our Curious Amalgam
explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law featuring global experts. And a Curious Hat. A new episode every Monday. Listened to in over 60 countries. Enjoy the show.
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OUR VIRTUAL EVENTS
We will miss our Spring Meeting in-person community this year. However our ABA Antitrust Law Section community goes far beyond Spring. Our Section is deeply engaged throughout the year and offers extensive programming, committee engagement, leadership opportunities, mentorship, and networking. Please join us to hear first-hand the perspectives and experiences of Section leaders and why they are “all in.”
Lawyers, economists, and regulators have continued to weigh in on the extent to which institutional investors’ holdings of minority interests in multiple competitors raise competition issues. Our panelists will discuss whether (and if so, when) such holdings actually raise potential antitrust issues and whether any such issues can be addressed by existing law.
Join former Section Chair Jon Jacobson as he makes a cameo appearance as Chair of the 2020- 2021 Nominating Committee. Jon will be announcing the Section’s senior leadership nominations.
Recent economic research has examined potential killer acquisitions in the U.S., and regulators here and abroad have expressed competition concerns about acquisitions of startups. But innovation is a difficult and uncertain process. This panel explores hot topics, patent thickets, biologics, and the revamped UK CMA approach in a broader discussion of the renaissance of innovation theories of harm.
From record fines to novel theories of harm, the FTC has pursued vigorous consumer protection enforcement under Chairman Simons. This panel will discuss recent FTC enforcement and priorities, including impacts, if any, of COVID-19 on enforcement priorities, as well as in the areas of privacy, data security, marketing, advertising, and fintech, consider whether FTC enforcement has expanded in reach, and implications for future CP enforcement.
Antitrust interfaces with both international trade and intellectual property in complex ways. Multinational companies often face challenges that involve all three areas, while law firm practice groups tend to be siloed. This program brings together antitrust and trade experts who will explore these issues, as well as the unfair competition mandate of the International Trade Commission.
International enforcers of all levels and jurisdictions are invited to join this reception and mingle with attendees from around the world. Let’s not let coronavirus keep us from staying connected.
It has been said that conflicting expert testimony merely “cancels” each expert out: that experts can lose, but not win, a case. Are these mantras valid? What are the secrets to effective expert testimony? What mixture of “honest broker” and “advocacy” is the right one? Is the expert a “narrator” of facts or a hammer for ultimate issues?
New business models centered on evolving/expanding platforms raise critical questions about inter- and intrafirm relationships. How should regulators and competitors view these firms? Are they necessary ecosystem providers or threats to competitors’ future growth and relevance? Is vertical digital platform integration welfare-enhancing or a means of restricting competition?
During this time of unprecedented divergence between state and federal antitrust enforcers, the panel will examine the legal framework and context for different investigation and enforcement perspectives, recent cases and settlements, and how to navigate investigations, negotiations, or enforcement actions where the procedural posture or relief sought by federal and state enforcers differs.
We invite you to join us virtually today and beyond. Check us out on Our Curious Amalgam podcasts, and social media platforms Connect, LinkedIn, Instagram & Twitter
Antitrust and consumer protection policy, enforcement, and litigation change every day with vital issues constantly surfacing. Take a quick look at how the past year has set the stage for the news of today and trends of tomorrow.
No-poach agreements remain uncertain territory. This panel will take a practical look at the challenges in assessing risk and counseling clients regarding these agreements, including the applicable standard of review, risks of proof at trial, harm and injury, and prosecutorial discretion.
Interested attendees are invited to join their peers and the Global Private Litigation Committee for an opportunity to network and discuss issues of common interest.
Antitrust litigation often features a low number of diverse attorneys with speaking roles in courts, as recent articles show. This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities these groups, women in particular, face in litigation. Hear from a presiding judge, experienced litigators, and in-house counsel to learn how to navigate these issues and help grow the next generation of trial lawyers.
Join Committee Officer Fiona Schaeffer as she discusses committee innovation with the winners of this year’s Committee Innovation Awards. A great opportunity to learn from and be inspired by some of the Section’s best innovative leaders.
This past year was a year full of important developments for regulators and self-regulators on cutting-edge domestic and international consumer protection enforcement issues, including native advertising, endorsements, consumer reviews used for claims substantiation, privacy, data security, and more. Hear from experts and the people in the trenches regarding current enforcement and policy priorities and initiatives.
We were happy to formalize our Women.Connected Committee this past November. Join us today for conversation. Join us in the days to follow as our connected network collaborates to produce great content.
Please join us for an in-depth conversation with leading competition authorities about their enforcement priorities and the transactions, investigations, and cases that are making headlines this year. The Enforcers Roundtable is always a highlight of the Spring Meeting. Don’t miss it!
This panel will discuss the status of federal and state privacy legislation and other policy proposals in the United States, and how they may shift in the wake of the pandemic. How does the balance between privacy and other social welfare interests shift in a crisis? Will privacy enforcement priorities shift? Will there be a stronger push for harmonization with foreign privacy laws and policies?
The 2020 In-person Spring Meeting was excited to roll out diversity dialogues. We hope to keep this vision moving forward throughout the year. We invite everyone to join us to turn these dialogues into realities.
Investigations have been launched into whether Big Tech firms are violating antitrust laws, and Congress has initiated a bipartisan investigation into competition in digital markets. The panel will examine the range of outcomes that could result from the Big Tech investigations, drawing comparisons to past investigations of companies that were thought to be Too Big to Break Up.
While we had created an exciting Spring Superstars 2020 live performance for you featuring aspiring teen vocalists from The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir backed by DC’s Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band, we are postponing performances/appearances until we can hold a to-be-scheduled Reception Bash in Washington. In the meantime, please take a few moments from your evening to check out our interviews of the teen performers (recorded in December 2019 and produced by Ian Zych, son of Tom Zych, Finance Officer), video supplied by The MusicianShip featuring several small group performances, and a video supplied by the band highlighting their December 6, 2019 performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (where Section Chair Brian Henry instantly booked the band for Spring). All of these materials are available on the www.ourcuriousamalgam.com website.
Antitrust enforcers are facing calls for more active merger enforcement, particularly in the tech sector. Is more enforcement necessary? If so, are existing antitrust concepts and tools up to the task? For nascent acquisitions, how can competitive effects be assessed including impact on innovation or ability to disrupt, and what remedies should or could be considered for prior acquisitions?
This exciting, challenging, and humorous game show will examine the application of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility to ethical questions confronting antitrust and consumer protection lawyers, and will address issues such as conflicts of interest, informed consent, multiple representation, joint defense agreements, preservation of client confidences, and others.
Please join us for a TED-talk style keynote from a recognized physician expert from the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative discussing the latest on the science and structure of the explosive cannabis and CBD industries, which are raising challenging competition, consumer protection, and regulatory issues across the country.
This past year saw an increasing number of jurisdictions around the world opening investigations or taking enforcement actions involving Big Data. Has data become the new oil that drives the global economy? Is Big Data no longer just the province of consumer protection? What role should data play in antitrust analyses of mergers or business conduct? What role should antitrust have in regulating Big Data?
Does your area of concentration include privacy law and/or consumer protection? Are you interested in learning more about this rising practice area? Join your fellow Virtual Spring Meeting attendees at this reception and learn more.
State Attorneys General play a crucial role in enforcing state and federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. Join our panelists who represent antitrust and consumer protection bureaus from across the country as we discuss recent enforcement activities and the ongoing missions of state enforcement agencies.
Until recently, global cartel investigations dominated the headlines, and it seemed clear that coordinated international enforcement would be the wave of the future. But with the recent decline in blockbuster investigations, many question whether this trend has played itself out and, if so, what lies in store.
You won’t want to miss this annual session where you will hear directly from the Federal Trade Commission Directors of the Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Consumer Protection, and Bureau of Economics about the latest in antitrust and consumer protection enforcement and policy initiatives.
Antitrust litigation requires litigants to present and courts to engage in fact-specific analysis of the potential benefits and harms of complex business practices. Typically, antitrust courts also must evaluate conflicting economic testimony. The judges on the panel will provide their perspective on how the courts apply the antitrust laws and what advocates can do to more effectively present fact and economic testimony in complex antitrust cases.
Have you been practicing for less than 10 years? Are you a law student? Then pick up your virtual Spring Meeting badge and join us as we kick off the start of the Virtual Spring Meeting. This is a great opportunity to meet other young lawyers, Section Officers, and the Leadership of the Membership, Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
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Introducing the current version of Antitrust Law Developments as an ebook. Powered by the advanced functionality of Lexis OverDrive, you can now have at your fingertips the complete reference source produced by the world’s leading antitrust professional association--the reference source antitrust lawyers turn to first and a must-have for every law library.
Discounts will be available for previous and new purchasers of the print version who want the convenience of both versions. During the Antitrust Law Section’s Virtual Spring Meeting, you can get a 10% discount by ordering online and using the discount code “ALD”.
Research Professor of Law
American University, Washington College of Law
~ Jonathan B. Baker
"When researching antitrust law, Antitrust Law Developments is a great place to start. It is an essential resource for every antitrust lawyer's bookshelf."
Walter J. Derenberg Professor of Trade Regulation
New York University School of Law
~ Eleanor Fox
"ALD is an amazing resource. It is solid and reliable. It is the first place to start research on any point of US antitrust law, and often the last as well. This will be all the more true when the ebook version with live links is launched."
Venable Professor of Law
University of Baltimore School of Law
~ Robert H. Lande
"I'm delighted to enthusiastically endorse Antitrust Law Developments because it’s the Gold Standard in the Antitrust world. Its 100% reliable - I've never known it to be wrong about anything. I used it routinely when I was in private practice and now cite it just as frequently in my scholarship. For the many, many antitrust topics it covers, large or small, I never even think about second-guessing its analysis or conclusions. It is also clearly written and user friendly. I honestly don't understand how a state-of-the-art antitrust lawyer or academic could possibly function without it!"
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
~ Richard G. Parker
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~ Calvin S. Goldman
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Wachtel Lipton Rosen & Katz
~ Ilene Knable Gotts
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Partner, Wilson Sonsini
Former ABA Antitrust Law Section Chair
~ Jon Jacobson
"ALD has long been and still is the one essential resource for every competition professional. It's hard to imagine drafting a brief or a white paper without it, and it is critically useful on those knotty counseling questions. Don't leave home without it!"
~ Bill Baer
"ALD is my antitrust comfort object. It is concise and authoritative. I rely on it."
U.S. Court of Appeals, D. C. Circuit
~ Circuit Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg
"ALD is one of the few resources that every antitrust lawyer uses to read quickly into a subject without sacrificing depth for breadth. What a disadvantage it would be to practice without it, particularly now that there is an e-version that can be accessed from anywhere and searched in an instant."