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.
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).
Chair: Christopher Wyant (2016-2017)
Secretary: Mat Harrington
Treasurer: Julia Kellison (2016-2017)
Immediate Past Chair: Danica Noble (2016-2017)
Young Lawyer Liaison: Ruth Johnson*
BOG Liaison: Keith Black*
Committee Members At-Large
Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.