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Our Curious Amalgam explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

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Our Curious Amalgam explores topics in antitrust, competition, consumer protection, data protection, and privacy law around the world with leading experts in those areas. It is an amalgam because it is a group of diverse topics all in one place. It is curious because it gets the experts and asks them in-depth questions.

    Have We Figured It Out? Online Privacy and Security in the “New Normal” of Video Conferencing.

    Have We Figured It Out? Online Privacy and Security in the “New Normal” of Video Conferencing.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many aspects of our everyday lives to go virtual, and the surge in demand for videoconferencing technology has come with a variety of problems when it comes to privacy, cybersecurity, and consumer protection. Do we finally have a handle on the problems that came with this "Zoom Boom"? From connectivity and consumer choice to misleading claims of data security and cyber attacks, privacy and cybersecurity experts Claudia Rast and David Turetsky join Kayla Odom and Christina Ma to discuss the gambit of issues we have faced surrounding videoconferencing technology. Listen in to learn more about these issues and about what other issues we might expect to encounter when it comes to the use of videoconferencing platforms.
    Related Links:
    FTC Gives Final Approval to Settlement with Zoom over Allegations the Company Misled Consumers about Its Data Security Practices
    Federal Prosecutors Accuse Zoom Executive of Working with Chinese Government to Surveil Users and Suppress Video Calls
    Why Insider ‘Zoom Bombs’ Are So Hard to Stop
    Hosted by:
    Christina Ma, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Kayla Odom, Freitas & Weinberg LLP

    • 37 min
    What's Next for Antitrust Enforcement? The Antitrust Section Presidential Transition Report.

    What's Next for Antitrust Enforcement? The Antitrust Section Presidential Transition Report.

    The ABA Antitrust Law Section issues a Presidential Transition Report each time a new administration enters the White House. What agenda does the latest Report recommend for the incoming leaders of the antitrust agencies? Transition Report Task Force leaders Rich Parker and Bill MacLeod discuss the highlights from the Report and share their insights with Sergei Zaslavsky and Christina Ma. Listen to this episode to learn about the most important questions facing the antitrust enforcers in the Biden administration, including the future of the consumer welfare standard, merger policy for acquisitions of nascent competitors, and more.
    Related Links:
    The Presidential Transition Report
    Hosted by:
    Christina Ma, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Sergei Zaslavsky, O'Melveny & Myers

    • 37 min
    What Is the State of the Section? A Midterm Talk With the Section Chair.

    What Is the State of the Section? A Midterm Talk With the Section Chair.

    Serving as the Chair of the ABA Antitrust Law Section is the culmination of years of hard work and dedicated service to the organization and its members. What has it been like to lead an international association of antitrust and consumer protection lawyers, regulators, economists, and academics during a global pandemic? As the Section gears up for its Virtual Spring Meeting online March 23-26, 2021, Section Chair Gary Zanfagna sat down at the midpoint of his one-year term to talk to co-hosts Alicia Downey and John Roberti about the state of the Section. Listen to this episode to hear Gary's perspectives on the future of antitrust and the Section's role in shaping that future.
    Related Links:
    Gary Zanfagna
    Annual Spring Meeting

    Hosted by:
    John Roberti, Allen & Overy LLP and Alicia Downey, Downey Law LLC

    • 34 min
    What's Trending? Understanding What To Expect In M&A Competition Law in 2021.

    What's Trending? Understanding What To Expect In M&A Competition Law in 2021.

    Merger clearance encompasses a major portion of the practice of competition law. What are the coming trends for 2021? Ilene Gotts, one of the deans of the competition bar, joins Christina Ma and John Roberti to discuss the major issues she sees for competition law related to mergers for 2021. Listen to this episode to learn more about the key issues, trends and predictions for antitrust M&A in the next year.
    Hosted by:
    John Roberti, Allen & Overy LLP and Christina Ma, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

    • 39 min
    What’s All The Fuss About? Brexit and UK Competition Law

    What’s All The Fuss About? Brexit and UK Competition Law

    The UK has finally left the EU and the ambit of EU law. What does this mean for competition law, merger control, subsidy control and competition litigation in the EU and UK? Anneli Howard, a UK barrister and EU law specialist, joins Matthew Hall and John Roberti to discuss the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, WTO subsidy rules, Northern Ireland Protocol and the rest of the new legal regime. Listen to this episode to learn more about the present and future for these areas of law in the UK.
    Related Links:
    EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
    Guidance on the functions of the UK CMA after the end of the transition period
    Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules in the field of competition
    Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland
    WTO subsidy rules
    UK National Security and Investment Bill
    Hosted by:
    John Roberti, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP and Matthew Hall, Partner, McGuireWoods London LLP

    • 40 min
    What Are Best Practices for Virtual Litigation? Notes From the Field

    What Are Best Practices for Virtual Litigation? Notes From the Field

    Thanks to COVID-19, many courts and government agencies are using computer-based videoconferencing technology to conduct conferences, motion hearings, and even trials online. What are the do’s and don’ts for litigating effectively in virtual proceedings, especially in complex antitrust cases involving multiple parties and far-flung witnesses? Lisa Wood, and antitrust practitioner, Co-Chair of the Litigation Department of Foley Hoag LLP, and author of the long-running Notes from the Field column featured in Antitrust Magazine, joins Alicia Downey and John Roberti to discuss what she learned about best practice for virtual litigation from interviews with lawyers and judges across the country as well as the lessons she has learned from her own practice. Listen to this episode to hear about which virtual litigation proceedings are poised to become a permanent feature of complex civil suits and proceedings before the agencies.
    Related Links:
    Lisa Wood, Best Practices for Virtual Litigation, Antitrust, Vol. 35, No. 1 (Fall 2020)
    Hosted by:
    Alicia Downey and John Roberti

    • 32 min

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