University of Utah Law hosts symposium on consumer protection law featuring FTC Chair Lina Khan

Nov 10, 2022 | General

Professor Jorge Contreras, Director of the Program on Intellectual Property and Technology Law, gives the welcoming remarks at the Utah Law Review Symposium.

Utah Law recently hosted a symposium focused on antitrust and consumer protection law, with the keynote address given by Federal Trace Commission Chair Lina Khan.

The Lee E. Teitelbaum Utah Law Review Symposium, held at the S.J. Quinney College of Law on October 21st, was titled “The New Roaring Twenties: The Progressive Agenda for Antitrust and Consumer Protection Law.”

This event was made possible by the generosity of the Lee E. and Herta Teitelbaum Trust and is co-sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law, the University of Utah Economics Department, the Utah State Bar Intellectual Property Section, and the Utah State Bar Antitrust Section.

This symposium topic was timely as the Biden Administration has opened the door to a new progressive antitrust and consumer protection agenda for the federal government. The United States’ principal federal antitrust policy and enforcement officials have already made significant inroads into these areas.  At the state level, Utah is among the most active enforcers of its antitrust laws against tech giants, leading several national efforts in this regard.

During the symposium, panelists discussed the goals of antitrust, consumer protection in the new progressive era, labor and big tech in 2022 and beyond, and the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property.

During the keynote address, Khan discussed the past and future of the Federal Trade Commission.

“One thing we really try to prioritize as we make changes and revisions is ensuring that we’re hearing from a broad community,” she said. “We wanted to make sure that we’re building a well-rounded record to draw from to fully inform our guidelines and making sure that they’re reflecting the day-to-day effects and commercial realities of these deals.”

Khan was sworn in as Chair of the Federal Trade Commission on June 15, 2021.Prior to becoming head of the FTC, Khan was an Associate Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She also previously served as counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, legal adviser to FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra, and legal director at the Open Markets Institute. Khan’s scholarship on antitrust and competition policy has been published in the Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. She is a graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School.

Watch Khan’s keynote address and the rest of the Utah Law Review Symposium on the S.J Quinney College of Law’s YouTube channel.