Updated: Dec. 8, 2017

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. Members benefit from the Section newsletter published twice annually. It 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.

Putting the Brakes on Washington's Garnishment Treadmill

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. Available online via annual subscription ($65).

Executive Committee

ChairChristopher Wyant (2016-2017)
Chair-Elect: vacant
SecretaryMat Harrington
TreasurerJulia Kellison (2016-2017)
Immediate Past ChairDanica Noble (2016-2017)
Young Lawyer LiaisonRuth Johnson*
BOG LiaisonKeith Black*

Committee Members At-Large

Amanda Martin (2017)
Kim Gunning (2017)
Ben Johnson (2017)
Greg Sivinski (2015-2018)
Mat Harrington (2015-2018)
Craig Heyamoto (2016-2019)
Steve Fairchild (2016-2019)
Eric Weiss (2016-2019)

*Non-voting member.

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

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, Christopher Wyant.