WSGR Attorneys to Participate in FTC's Third Session of Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

On October 15, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) kicked off its third session of hearings on "Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century," which is comprised of three full-day meetings and held at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partners Susan Creighton, Jonathan Jacobson, and Scott Sher and Senior Of Counsels Daniel Sokol and Joshua Wright will be speakers in several panels at the FTC hearings on October 16 and 17.

Co-sponsored by the Global Antitrust Institute, the hearings will examine the potential for collusive, exclusionary, and predatory conduct in multi-sided, technology-based platform industries. The sessions will also examine antitrust frameworks for evaluating acquisitions of nascent competitors or occurring in nascent markets, including in the technology and digital marketplace, and the approach to addressing antitrust issues regarding labor markets.

During the hearings, Susan Creighton will participate in two panels on October 16 and 17 discussing various topics and matters related to multi-sided platforms, while Jonathan Jacobson will speak about labor markets and antitrust policy on October 16. Josh Wright will provide input on the differences between U.S. and Europe competition cases involving platforms on October 16. Finally, Scott Sher and Daniel Sokol will conclude the hearings on October 17 through participating on separate panels discussing issues and topics concerning nascent competition.

For more information, please see the FTC's full hearing agenda.