Updated: March 16, 2018

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.

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Become a Section Leader: Nomination Application for Section Executive Committee Positions Opening Soon!

WSBA Sections provide professional development, education and community through CLEs, events, newsletters, list serve forums and active involvement with the state legislature. Each Section is run by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the Executive Committee. Many find leading a Section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative process, and the collegiality it offers. Executive Committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals (even opposing counsel) in a goal-orientated setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.

The Antitrust, Consumer Protection & Unfair Business Practices Section is seeking to fill positions on the Section Executive Committee. If interested, please review the below information and log-in to your MyWSBA profile, select My Profile, and finally select ‘Apply for a Section Executive Committee’ to complete the nomination application. A candidate statement and/or resume may be requested on the application.

Application Information
Nomination Applications Open: Thursday, March 30, 2018
Nomination Application Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018

Eligibility
Current Antitrust, Consumer Protection & Unfair Business Practices Section members that are Active in good standing may apply to serve on the Section Executive Committee

Open Positions & Terms
For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws.

  • Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019.
  • At-Large Members (two positions): three-year terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2021.

Alternate Nomination Process
Per WSBA Bylaws, Sections also have alternate nominations processes, should you miss the deadline to apply online. The Antitrust, Consumer Protection & Unfair Business Practices Section may accept nominations by any member made via electronic notification to Secretary and/or existing Chair, provided that nomination is received prior to April 13.  

Election Information
Section Executive Committee elections will begin on or around May 1, 2018, and be conducted electronically.

Questions? Want to Learn More?
Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

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 (2016-2018)
Chair-Electvacant
SecretaryMat Harrington (2016-2018)
TreasurerJulia Kellison (2016-2018)
Immediate Past ChairDanica Noble (2016-2018)
Young Lawyer Liaisonvacant*
BOG LiaisonRajeev Majumdar*

Committee Members At-Large

Amanda Martin (2017-2018)
Kim Gunning (2017-2018)
Ben Johnson (2017-2018)
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.