The Federal Trade Commission began 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.
Chairman Joe Simons makes remarks
opening the first FTC hearing
[Note: The second day of hearings on Friday, September 14 has been postponed due to potential weather-related disruptions]
The Georgetown event was 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 presented opening remarks, followed by a day of discussion by a distinguished set of panelists who discussed the following topics (some of which will be discussed on the rescheduled date):
- 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.
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