Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section
The Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section is primarily devoted to keeping its members informed about significant developments in the field of trade regulation law. The Section serves as a forum for members of the Washington State Bar Association to exchange information and ideas and to develop and conduct educational programs regarding public and private aspects of trade regulation law, including antitrust, consumer protection, and unfair business practices.
The Section provides benefits to members by hosting CLEs and publishing resource materials that address current topics of interest. Meetings provide an opportunity to network with experienced trade regulation practitioners from around the state, including private practice, in-house, and government attorneys.
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The Antitrust, Consumer Protection & Unfair Business Practices Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, resources the section offers, and information about the section's executive committee.
NEW! In-Person Seminar: Generative AI and Consumer Protection
Developed in partnership with the WSBA Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Unfair Business Practices Section
Join us for a pizza lunch and a discussion on the fascinating intersection of Generative AI and consumer protection law. We will explore the present and look to the future of this transformative technology, plus the implications to consumers and the companies that serve them. We invite participants to suggest topics or questions for the panel to address in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Feb. 14, 2024
Time: Noon–1 p.m. PST
Credits: 1.00 Law & Legal Procedure
Hiring in Our Region
Northwest Consumer Law Center
Northwest Consumer Law Center is hiring a staff attorney to join the team of consumer advocates. Learn more on their website: https://nwclc.org/join-our-team/ or contact Executive Director Amanda Martin at email@example.com.
Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition
The Federal Trade Commission is hiring antitrust attorneys in Seattle. Have you always been interested in the competition work of the FTC? The Bureau of Competition is seeking talented attorneys who are interested in competition enforcement and public service in Seattle and San Francisco. The FTC is looking for strong writers, creative legal problem-solvers, and collaborative team players. A background in antitrust, business, economics, litigation, or investigations is helpful, but not required. Submit your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. This link provides more information about Attorney Hiring in the FTC's Bureau of Competition.
Although Washington has some of the best consumer laws in the country, our state's approach to wage garnishment is inadequate. Washington's wage garnishment law does too little to protect low-income debtors and their dependents. In this article, the authors propose several reforms — including higher earnings exemptions, annual garnishment caps, and express judicial discretion to limit garnishment for hardship — that would help vulnerable consumers, unburden taxpayers, and improve the administration of justice in Washington.
Washington Antitrust and Consumer Protection Handbook, 3rd Edition, 2001, plus 2007 Supplement. Available online via annual subscription ($65).
Co-Chairs: Danica Noble* (2023-2024)
Secretary: Vacant (2023-2024)
Treasurer: Vacant (2023-2024)
Young Lawyer Liaison: Nicholas Marquiss (2023-2024)
Board of Governors Liaison*: Tom Ahearne (2023-2024)