Hearing #1 On Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century - Sept. 13-14 at Georgetown University Law Center #FTC-2018-0074-D-0030

Submission Number:
FTC-2018-0074-D-0030
Commenter:
Robert Langer
State:
Connecticut
Initiative Name:
Hearing #1 On Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century - Sept. 13-14 at Georgetown University Law Center
See attached file(s) To the Federal Trade Commission: My submission, attached, addresses an issue relevant to the topic, "The Current Landscape of Competition and Consumer Protection Policy," and more particularly, the current state of both federal and state antitrust law with respect to vertical pricing arrangements. For the reasons I note in my submission: "I respectfully urge the Federal Trade Commission, in coordination with its sister antitrust agency, the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, to consider working toward passage of federal legislation that would require RPM agreements to be evaluated under the Rule of Reason under both state and federal law. Such legislation could be modelled after 15 U.S.C. 4302, in which Congress declared that, under both federal and state antitrust law, the Rule of Reason shall govern joint ventures and standards development organizations while engaged in a standards development activity. I appreciate the opportunity to share my concerns with the Federal Trade Commission and commend the Federal Trade Commission for its sponsorship of these important Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century." Sincerely, Robert M. Langer