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(Re)Defining Consumer Protection in America

  • CVC-201, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

RSVP requested, please RSVP here.

In light of the shift in control of the House and the 85+ new members of Congress entering office in 2019, it’s crucial that we take stock of how we perceive and approach consumer protection and welfare in America. A stronger understanding of the competing narratives and tracts of common ground will help Congress better serve and protect American consumers.

Our panel of experts will explore the various definitions of “consumer protection” and “consumer welfare,” the evolution of the contemporary consumer protection paradigms, the impact of regulation and enforcement actions on consumer welfare, the role of competition in consumer welfare, the intersection of consumer and corporate interests, and the importance of data and empirical support in consumer protection policy and regulation.

Lunch provided. (This is considered a widely attended event under federal ethics rules.)

Speakers:

  • Todd J. Zywicki
    George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law
    Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

  • Janis K. Pappalardo
    Assistant Director for Consumer Protection in the Bureau of Economic Affairs
    U.S. Federal Trade Commission

  • Christopher L. Peterson
    John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law
    The University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law

  • Dina Ellis Rochkind
    Of Counsel
    Paul Hastings LLP