FTC Hearings on 21st Century Competition and Consumer Protection

FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century (graphic)
The Federal Trade Commission will begin its Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century with a full-day session, co-sponsored with and held at the Georgetown University Law Center, on September 13, 2018, 9:00AM–5:15PM EDT. [Note: The second day of hearings on Friday, September 14 has been postponed due to potential weather-related disruptions from Hurricane Florence.]

The Georgetown event will be the first in a series of hearings that will examine whether broad-based changes in the economy, evolving business practices, new technologies, or international developments might require adjustments to competition and consumer protection enforcement priorities of the Commission. Many sessions will conclude with an opportunity for those attending the event in-person to submit questions to the participants. These public events, in conjunction with the public comment process, will provide the FTC with a broad and diverse range of viewpoints and stimulate evaluation of key enforcement and policy issues.

FTC Chairman Joe Simons will present opening remarks, followed by discussion by a distinguished set of panelists who will discuss the following topics:
  • the current landscape of competition and consumer protection law and policy;
  • whether the U.S. economy has become more concentrated and less competitive;
  • the regulation of consumer data;
  • antitrust law and the consumer welfare standard; and
  • the analysis of vertical mergers
WEBCAST: The conference will be webcast. The webcast link can be found on the event page on the day of the workshop.

Future hearings - next up: Sep. 21, 2018 State of U.S. Antitrust Law; Mergers and Monopsony or Buyer Power FTC Constitution Center, Washington, DC.

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TWITTER: The workshop will be tweeted live from the FTC’s Twitter page @FTC using #FTCHearings:

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