FTC Hearings Open at Georgetown Law

September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Sept. 13, the Federal Trade Commission will hold the opening session of its “Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century” at Georgetown Law.


Has the U.S. economy become more concentrated and less competitive?  How should consumer data be regulated? How should the FTC’s competition and consumer protection enforcement priorities adjust to a changing economy, evolving business practices, new technologies and international developments?  FTC Chairman Joe Simons will give remarks followed by expert panels addressing these topics in this first day in a series of hearings to be held this fall.


Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
9:00 am – 5:15 pm


Georgetown Law
Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

For a live webcast, see the FTC event page.


9:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Joseph Simons, FTC Chairman

9:15 – 11:45

The Current Landscape of Competition and Consumer Protection Law and Policy

Bilal Sayyed, (moderator) FTC Office of Policy Planning
Jason Furman, Harvard University
Alysa Hutnik, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
David Hyman, Georgetown Law
Janet McDavid, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Timothy Muris, Sidley Austin LLP; George Mason University
James Rill, Baker Botts LLP
David Vladeck, Georgetown Law

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Has the US Economy Become More Concentrated and Less Competitive: A Review of the Data

Gregory Werden, (moderator) U.S. Justice Dept., Antitrust Division
Jonathan Baker, 
American University
Steven Berry, Yale University
Fiona Scott Morton, Yale School of Management
Joshua D. Wright, Antonin Scalia Law School, GMU

3:15 – 5:00 pm

The Regulation of Consumer Data

James Cooper (moderator), FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection
Maureen K. Ohlhausen, FTC
Howard Beales, GWU School of Business
Daniel Solove, GWU Law School
David Vladeck, Georgetown Law

5:00 – 5:15 Closing Remarks
Howard Shelanski, Georgetown Law

** Please note: The second day of hearings, originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, has been postponed due to potential weather-related disruptions**


Tanya Weinberg
Director of Media Relations
Georgetown Law
202-662-9694.o 202-577-7827.m