The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law has appointed GJB Partner F. Joseph Gormley as Chair of the Section’s Business Torts and Civil RICO Committee during the 2012-2013 ABA year. The Business Torts and Civil RICO Committee focuses on competition law — both federal and state law — other than the “traditional” antitrust statutes. In disputes involving business competition and anti-competitive practices, business torts (such as claims for unfair trade practices, interference with contractual relations, and fraud) and civil RICO claims are often used as adjuncts to, or in lieu of, antitrust claims. Likewise, as states strengthen their consumer protection statutes, actions under those statutes are another common means outside of the “traditional” antitrust area for litigants to press claims and police competition practices.
The American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law is the leading professional organization for those interested in the fields of antitrust and competition law, trade regulation, consumer protection and economics. The Section’s more than 8,000 members include attorneys and non-lawyers from private law firms, in-house counsel, non-profit organizations, consulting firms, federal and state government agencies, as well as judges, professors and law students. The Section provides an outstanding assortment of conferences, committee programs, publications, discussion groups and timely updates on recent developments in all facets of antitrust and consumer protection law. For more information, visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/antitrust_law.html.