Antitrust, Consumer Protection and Unfair Business Practices Section

african-american male attorneyThe 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. Members benefit from the Section newsletter that is published twice annually. The newsletter focuses on topical issues including important case law developments, government enforcement initiatives and regulatory and legislative developments. The Section also hosts an annual CLE covering matters of interest in the area of consumer protection; antitrust and unfair business practices and publishes resource materials of interest to its members.

Members have the opportunity to participate in executive committee meetings, which are held quarterly. The meetings provide a rare opportunity to meet and confer with experienced trade regulation attorneys from across the state including corporate counsel and members of the Attorney General's consumer protection and antitrust enforcement units.


Resources

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.

Puting the Brakes on Washington's Garnishment Treadmill NEW


Green Guide Summary 

Green Guide Update: January 2013  

The Federal Trade Commission 

Antitrust Division – Department of Justice

American Bar Association – Section of Antitrust Law


Washington Antitrust and Consumer Protection Handbook, 3rd Edition, 2001, plus 2007 Supplement

Published by the Antitrust, Consumer Protection & Unfair Business Practices Section and WSBA Continuing Legal Education. The Handbook is an essential tool for any practitioner dealing with consumer protection, antitrust, franchise, e-commerce trade regulation, intellectual property disputes, enforcement by the Washington Attorney General's Office, or potential exemptions from federal or state antitrust and consumer protection legislation. Editors-In-Chief: David J. Dadoun and Ramona Emerson. Published in 2001; supplement, 2007. 546 pages; $185.



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For general questions, please email your inquiries to sections@wsba.org. To get involved with the Section and learn more, please contact the Section chair, Shylah Alfonso.

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