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Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission held the 14th session of its Hearings Initiative with Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska on June 12, 2019. This concluded the FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.

The morning session included a series of roundtable discussions with State Attorneys General, or their senior staff, on consumer protection and antitrust enforcement and policy issues. Comments relating to the discussion with the State Attorneys General are due no later than 11:59pm on June 30, 2019 and should be submitted here.

The first afternoon session examined legal and economic considerations relevant to optimizing the Commission’s consumer protection remedies. Comments relating to optimizing consumer protection remedies are due no later than 11:59pm on June 30, 2019 and should be submitted here.

The second afternoon session revisited Frank Easterbrook’s seminal article The Limits of Antitrust, 63 Tex. L. Rev. 1 (1984). Panelists discussed whether and under what conditions error-cost considerations are an appropriate guide for antitrust policy and enforcement, and how and to what degree such considerations should influence the Commission’s case selection and advocacy agenda. Comments relating to error-cost considerations in antitrust enforcement and policy are due no later than 11:59pm on June 30, 2019 and should be submitted here.

The Commission is accepting final comments on all prior Hearing topics through 11:59pm on June 30, 2019; final comments can be submitted here.

If any entity has provided funding for research, analysis, or commentary that is included in a submitted public comment, please identify the source of the funding on the first page of the comment.

Location

Mike and Josie Harper Center, Hixson-Lied Auditorium
Creighton University
602 N. 20th Street
Omaha, NE 68102

  • 8:30-8:35 am (CT)

    Welcome

    Jacob Hamburger
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of Policy Planning

    8:35-8:45 am (CT)

    Opening Remarks

    Thomas Murray, Provost
    Creighton University

    8:45-9:30 am (CT)

    Consumer Protection Enforcement and Policy (Panel A)


    Participants:

    Jason Ravnsborg, Attorney General
    South Dakota

    Jeffrey C. Mateer
    Office of Attorney General,
    Texas

    Benjamin Wiseman
    Office of Attorney General,
    District of Columbia

    Kaitlin Caruso
    Office of Attorney General,
    New Jersey

    Moderators:

    Ed Morse
    Creighton University
    School of Law

    Andrew Smith
    Federal Trade Commission,
    Bureau of Consumer Protection

    9:30-9:35 am (CT)

    Break

    9:35-10:20 am (CT)

    Consumer Protection Enforcement and Policy
    (Panel B)


    Participants:

    Matthew du Mee
    Office of Attorney General,
    Arizona

    John Abel
    Office of Attorney General,
    Pennsylvania

    Crystal Utley Secoy
    Office of Attorney General,
    Mississippi

    Moderators:

    Ed Morse
    Creighton University
    School of Law

    Andrew Smith
    Federal Trade Commission,
    Bureau of Consumer Protection

    10:20-10:35 am (CT)

    Break

    10:35-11:20 am (CT)

    Antitrust Enforcement and Policy
    (Panel A)


    Participants:

    Jeff Landry, Attorney General
    Louisiana

    Doug Peterson, Attorney General
    Nebraska

    Herbert H. Slatery III, Attorney General
    Tennessee

    Moderators:

    Irina Fox
    Creighton University
    School of Law

    Sarah Mackey
    Federal Trade Commission,
    Office of Policy Planning

    11:20-11:25 am (CT)

    Break

    11:25 am-12:10 pm (CT)

    Antitrust Enforcement and Policy
    (Panel B)


    Participants:

    Max M. Miller
    Office of Attorney General,
    Iowa

    David N. Sonnenreich
    Office of Attorney General,
    Utah

    Sarah Oxenham Allen
    Office of Attorney General,
    Virginia

    Eric Newman
    Office of Attorney General,
    Washington

    Moderators:

    Diana Thomas
    Creighton University,
    Heider College of Business

    Jacob Hamburger
    Federal Trade Commission,
    Office of Policy Planning

    12:10-1:15 pm (CT)

    Lunch Break

    1:15-2:45 pm (CT)

    Consumer Protection Remedies: Economic & Legal Considerations


    Participants:

    Justin “Gus” Hurwitz
    University of Nebraska College of Law

    Jonathan Klick
    University of Pennsylvania Law School

    Murat C. Mungan
    George Mason University,
    Antonin Scalia Law School

    Moderator:

    James Cooper

    Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection

    2:45-3:00 pm (CT)

    Break

    3:00-4:45 pm (CT)

    Revisiting “The Limits of Antitrust”


    Participants:

    Steven J. Cernak
    Schiff Hardin LLP

    Alan J. Devlin
    Lathan & Watkins LLP

    John Thorne
    Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick

    Thomas A. Lambert
    University of Missouri School of Law

    Robert E. Litan
    Korein Tillery

    Moderator:

    Bilal Sayyed

    Federal Trade Commission, Office of Policy Planning

    4:45-5:00 pm (CT)

    Closing Remarks

    Bilal Sayyed
    Federal Trade Commission, Office of Policy Planning

  • Request for Comments

    Comments relating to the discussion with the State Attorneys General are due no later than 11:59pm on June 30, 2019 and should be submitted here.

    Comments relating to optimizing consumer protection remedies are due no later than 11:59pm on June 30, 2019 and should be submitted here.

    Comments relating to error-cost considerations in antitrust enforcement and policy are due no later than 11:59pm on June 30, 2019 and should be submitted here.

    The Commission is accepting final comments on all prior Hearing topics through 11:59pm on June 30, 2019; final comments can be submitted here.

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